The ECHO, Volume 83, Number 2, March 2011 Page: 2
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VOL. 83 NO. 2 - MARCH 2011
* 16 PAGES
PUBLISHED FOR 83 YEARS, SINCE 1928
- MANAGEMENT -
Debbie Roberts - Publisher
Don Keil - Managing Editor
Mary Partida - Administrative Assistant
Offender Todd Carman - Staff Writer & Layo
Offender William Chaplar - Staff Writer
Offender Bobby Ramirez - Design
Allred Unit -Vernon Lee Jeff ries Sr
Boyd Unit - Mark A. Tutt
Clemens - Richard Luna
Clements Unit - Wylie Bone
Coffi Id Unit - Gregory Bryant
Crain Unit - Jane Calloway
Daniel Unit-John Harrison
Dawson State Jail - Brandy Brown
Diboll Unit - David Montoya
Duncan Unit -Jim Brannen
Eastham Unit - David Strong Jr.
Ellis Unit - Michael W. Lewis
Estes Unit -Jose Garza
Ferguson - Jack Feltman
Ft. Stockton Unit -Jaime Hernandez
Goree Unit - Kolade Adeyanju
Gurney Unit - Daniel Brown
Hightower Unit - Dominic Price
Hilltop Unit - Brook Blattner
Hughes Unit -Gerald Hockncht
Huntsville Unit - Samuel Jackson
Jester III Unit - John E. Christ
Lockhart Unit - Lance Lindsey
Lychner State Jail - Harvey D. Alonzo
Lynaugh Unit - Leon Wilburn
McConnellUJpit - Emmett Nethery
Michael Unit -Amos Jones
Montford Unit - Bennie R. Brooks
Moore Unit - Corey Benjamin
Mountainview Unit - Latasha Moore
Murray Unit- Christina Ashford
Polunsky Unit - Bill Zinger
Powledge Unit - Jacob Turner
RamseyI Unit - Paresh Patel
Roach Unit -Johnny Flores
Sanchez Unit - Daryl Alexader
Segovia Unit -Mitchell A. Kerr
Stevenson Unit - Michael Dale
Stiles Unit - Keith L. Dmps
Stiles Unit - Paul Scultz
Stringfelow Unit -Terry R. Petitt
Telford Unit -Jamie Stewart
Telford Unit- Diomedes McNeal
Terrell Unit - Renato Carter
Torres Unit - Ruben D. Constante Jr.
Wallace Unit - Jessie M. Mnciaz
Woodman Unit - Cheri Howard
Young Medical Facility - Toni Stringfellbw
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To the editor,
As an ECHO reporter, I'm regularly
being asked, "Will you send in a poem
for me?" Then I'll stop and share with
them that anyone can submit their
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judged worthy, will be published. They
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To the editor,
To all you loyal readers, ladies and
men within the TDCJ system, I want
to speak on some serious issues: Get-
ting out and staying out. As a three-
time loser I will speak on my experi-
ence. Hopefully to send a spark of hope
to each and every one of you.
I will soon leave for my third and last
time. Last time, because I made a deci-
sion to change on the day I began this
15-year sentence. I felt every day was
critical,'not a moment to wait. I partic-
ipated in AA and NA support groups,
took vocational and college courses and
cognitive intervention so I could learn
about myself and my behaviors. I truly
wanted to change.
I would have never thought I would
be going home after all the dope charg-
es I have stacked up. But I'm here to
tell you, by trying to make changes in
my life, good things have happened.
Someone somewhere sees fit to give me
another chance at life. Each and every
one of you out there should have hope.
Believe me there are people watching.
here's not anyone that is going to tell
us what they are looking for. They
know if we don't try to change behind
these walls we sure won't change in the
There is a prize or a price for every de-
cision we make. You see I always tried
to do the right things around the wrong
people. Today I stand for something a
lot greater. Living life on life's terms.
Making proper decisions and doing the
right things can help obtain a balanced
life. The power is up to each and every
one of us. No one can decide for us.
Foday, ladies and gents, choose life.
Make change, show society just how
productive you can be. I wish all my
brothers and sisters the very best.
Much love, loyalty and respect
Robert "Texas TrolF. Sulivun
To the reader,
Thanks for the encouraging words.
There is much truth in the ideas you
present. Hopefully your words will en-
courage ECHO readers.
To the editor,
In regard to the G-4 faith-based pro-
gram story in April 2010 issue of The
Kudos to Warden V. Pittman of the
Wynne Unit for recognizing the ben-
efits of a faith-based initiative on me-
dium custody, as well as for sponsoring
such a program!
I ended up on medium custody in
June of 2006 as a Line 1. Within a cou-
ple of months of adjusting to the mind-
set of medium custody, I was a Line 3. 1
was on Michaels Unit at the time.
Being on medium custody, I was
not allowed to attend any educational
programs or the faith-based program
Kairos-for which I signed up prior to
being dropped to medium custody.
As a result, my primary cultural in-
fluence continued to be the disruptive
environment of medium custody, with
no apparent way to get out.
However, through a series of cir-
cumstances and the loving acceptance
of Chaplain C. Lowry, I was allowed
to join the New Believer's Class. This
encouraged me to grow in my faith. I
learned how to apply the principles of
faith to my daily life. This peer-educat-
ed class also allowed me to receive tes-
timony of the faith principles at work
within the lives of other offenders, who
also encouraged me in further Bible
study and accountability.
Within six months, I was back on
minimum custody. Within 18 months,
I was an S-3. I'm still an S-3 and I am
obtaining mly OJT on a sewing ma-
chine in a TCI Garment Factory.
Faith-based programs work, and the
guys in medium custody need them
most! Thank you for making that front-
To the reader,
We continue to hear many good things
about the f'ith-based dorm program.
7hanksfor sharingyour story
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