The ECHO, Volume 84, Number 7, September 2012 Page: 2
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VOL. 84 NO. 7 * SEPTEMBER 2012
o 16 PAGES.
PUBLISHED FOR 84 YEARS, SINCE 1928
- MANAGEMENT -
Debbie Roberts - Publisher
Don Keil - Managing Editor
Mary Partida - Administrative Assistant
Offender Jeremy Busby - Staff Writer & Layout
Offender Todd Carman - Staff Writer & Layout
Offender Nathan Ray - Layout & Graphics
Allred Unit - Vernon Lee Jeffries Sr.
Beto Unit - Kyle Bankston
Boyd Unit - Jody Smith
Clemens Unit - Richard Luna
Clements Unit - Wylie Bone
Coffield Unit -Gregory Bryant
Crain Unit- Jane Callaway
Duncan Unit -Jim Brannen
Estelle Unit-James Carter
Ferguson Unit -Jack Feltman
Goree Unit- Kolade Adeyanju
Hightower Unit - Dominic Price
Hughes Unit -Gerald Holcknecht
Jordan Unit - Darren Crump
Luther Unit - Darrick Anderson
Luther Unit - Clifford Suranofsky
Lynaugh Unit- Michael Derek Denison
McConnell Unit - Karis Williams
Michael Unit -Steven Adkerson
Michael Unit - Amos Jones
Murray Unit - Christina Ashford
Polunsky Unit - Bill Zinger
Powledge Unit - Jacobe Turner
Ramsey I Unit - Paresh Patel
Stiles Unit - Keith L. Demps
Stiles Unit - Paul Schultz
Telford Unit -Jamie Stewart
Terrell Unit- Anthony King ,1.
Torres Unit - Ruben D. Constante Jr.
Wallace Unit -Jessie M. Manciaz
The ECHO is a criminal justice publi-
cation produced by the publisher and
staff for use by TDCJ offenders. Permis-
sion is granted for the reproduction of
non-copyrighted materials, provided
credit is given to author and publica-
tion. Due to the volume of submitted
material, unused material will NOT be
returned to the sender. The publisher
reserves the right to edit all materials
for content and space.
Annual subscriptions to The ECHO
can be purchased for $12. Mon-
ey orders or personal checks must
be made out to The ECHO/WSD.
Correspondence via U.S. Mail must be
addressed to The ECHO, P.O. Box 40,
Huntsville,TX 77342- 0040.
Offenders can write The ECHO by truck
To the editor,
As of today, I have four days and a
wake up left to serve on this side of the
bars, bricks and fences. I was serving
a 25-year prison term with four years
stacked on top of that. I have served 21
years and two days flat. During this in-
carceration, I have been in ad-seg twice. I
don't have any skills to carry with me to
the streets as a result of me always fight-
ing the system.
All that I do have is a burning desire to
work and succeed and a determination to
stay out of prison. This is my third time
in prison and I pray my last time. The first
two times I left prison, I was not ready.
This time after serving my entire sen-
tence, I am more than ready to succeed
and stay out.
While at the Beto Unit, I got involvedI
in Kairos and was attending every meet-
ing. I was blessed to have a chance to go
through Purpose Driven Life and the LifeI
Awareness Course. These two courses set
me on the path that I am on now. I en-
courage everyone to enroll in courses like
these and not serve as much time as I did
before turning their lives around.
To the reader,
I'm afraidyour story of "always fight-
ing the system" is all too common in
this environment. Hopefuly, this third
time will be the end of a long, hard, bad
road For those in TDCJ, check out the
programs available on your unit and get
involved while you are here. Your WSD
counselor can help you on the educa-
tional/vocational issues and your unit
chaplain can refer you to chaplaincy/vol-
To the editor,
I am writing this.
letter in hope of in-
spiring other writers in prison. I know
that some of the best and most creative
writers are in prison. Most of these pris-
oners never have their writings pub-
Here in Texas we have The ECHO
that will publish offenders'submissions.
It is our publication, and we should use
it! It does not even take a stamp to send
in your writing. All you need to do is
send it in a truck mail envelope.
Another venue for offenders is the
PEN writing program. They are always
looking for submissions in all catego-
ries, including poetry, fiction, drama
and non-fiction. For more information
and submission guidelines write to:
PEN Writing Awards for Prisoners
PEN American Center
588 Broadway, Suite 303
New York, NY 10012
These forums give us a place to prac-
tice our craft, build a reputation for our-
selves and add credibility and prestige
to our work. Whether you are writing
the next great novel or just trying to
share a point of view with others, you
should do something to get your writ-
To the reader,
I agree with your encouragement to-
wards offender writers to be creative
and submit their compositions. Our
current writing contest has become
very popular and we are receiving large
amounts of writing daily. I have really
been impressed with the quality submit-
ted by our TDCJ offenders. Keep up the
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To the editor,
This is my first time writing to The
ECHO. I have a 40-year aggravated sen-
tence with only three years back time.
I'm 24 years old and the highest level of
education I have is a General Equivalency
Diploma (GED). For the past 17 months,
I've done nothing positive.
I'm always reading in The ECHO about
offenders who are graduating college and
completing vocational trades, but I'm not
seeing any of that here. I want in on the
Would you please tell me what steps I
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To the editor,
I would like to comment on the article
"Troublemaker" that was published in the
Sept., 2011 issue of The ECHO.
Several of us can relate to this 100
percent. Thanks to the "cool gangsters"
in the kitchen, about 60 of us went from
working in the kitchen to hitting the hoe
These so-called "gangsters" went into
the kitchen and stole anything that wasn't
tied down, from plastic wrap to bleach.
When the heat came down, we all were
punished for the bad choices of a few.
When they were caught, they blamed
the snitches. Really?
If you have chocolate smeared all over
your face, and cookie crumbs all over
your shirt, you don't need a snitch to tell
that you've been in the cookie jar!
Thanks guys, but I get enough exercise
without the hoe squad.
Hoe Squad Anonymous
To the readers,
The ECHO has had several responses
to the "Troublemaker " article - some
arguing one side and some arguing the
other Whichever side you take, prison is
no fin place to be. Thanks for your com-
should take to enroll in school and start
taking advantage of everything available
I have about six months left here on a
transfer facility. Is there anything I can do
to enroll in college? Please help!
Garza East Unit
To the reader,
Unfortunately, the education and work
opportunities are limited on a transferfa-
cility. Send an 1-60 to your unit's educa-
tion department to see what is available
to you. Once you are transferred to a reg-
ular unit, send an 1-60 to the education
department on your new unit. The Wind-
ham SchoolDistrict (WSD) counselor will
help you with your educational journey.
You can explore work-related opportuni-
ties by contacting the unit's classification
department. Good luck!
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