By Jorge Antonio Renaud
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Extra info for Behind the Walls: A Guide for Families and Friends of Texas Prison Inmates (North Texas Crime and Criminal Justice Series, 1)
The cells have two bunks, one over the other, attached to one wall, with maybe a thirtyinch aisle between the bunks and the other wall. There is a toilet—without either seat or lid—in one corner of the cell farthest from the door and a small sink in the other corner. There is no hot water. In fact, none of the cells in TDCJ have hot running water, except perhaps on the privately run pre-release units. The storage area consists of two shelves directly over the bunk. On some units, lockers have been installed in place of the shelves so that property can be locked away.
Image Not Available Chapter three food I nmates in Texas prison eat in the chow halls because they have to, not because they want. Any chef will tell you that the quality of a meal drops with the amount of people you have to feed. In TDCJ, minimally trained cooks prepare from 1,000 to 3,000 meals three times a day, under minimal quality standards, and with only the pride they and an occasional professional wearing TDCJ gray bring to their jobs. The courts have ruled, and rightly so, that good taste cannot be dictated.
But unlike the free-world, a prison supervisor who makes a mistake can place blame on his workers, who dare not contradict his statements. They must accept whatever abuse or charges a supervisor heaps on them, especially if they are at a job that 28 Chapter Five they enjoy, or one that they are attempting to learn well in order to pursue the same job upon release. A supervisor can fire them at will, have them reassigned to the Line or anywhere he wants, and not face any sort of legal action. He does not have to justify the firings to anyone, and with a simple request he can get a new batch of workers.