HELLO from Death Row
Eddie Griffin, BASG
Testimony of the Outlaw Eddie Griffin
TO Mike Ward & Jerry Madden:
Hello. Let me speak to the Warden. This is Eddie Griffin calling from Death Row.
WHAT?! That doesn’t even sound right, a man using a cell phone calling from death row. But it happens in Texas, obviously more than prison officials realized.
On Wednesday morning, state prison officials unveiled a massive $65.8 million plan to curb an epidemic of smuggled cell phones and other contraband in Texas’ lockups, reports Mike Ward, Austin American-Statesmen.
Hello Mike, Please say again. They are going to spend $65.8 million dollars to patch up a crack in the Texas prison system that’s big enough to drive a Mac Truck trough. Come on!
Hello Jerry, This is Eddie Griffin, the man who first told you to turn over the rock in the Texas Youth Commission’s detention facilities. Didn’t I warn also of the problems of corruption in the adult prison system?
As a graduate of the School of Hard Knocks, with a Ph. D in Survival, I can tell you, first hand, that the taxpayers’ money would be better spent on an ounce of prevention, rather than the $65.8 million pound of cure.
By now you realize the public outrage over TDCJ’s funding request:
Brad Livingston, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, said the funding will be sought immediately, through special approval of state leaders, instead of waiting for legislative approval next year.
Livingston would avoid the scrutiny of day.
Tell me: Are any of these the “privatized prisons”, where we have found corruption before.
A Statesman.com writer writes:
This is an internal, employee, management, etc problem, for many, many years, everybody including inmates, knew of these problems, most of the criminals all ready know how to beat the systems before they get there. demote every employee that is in any supervisory position, if they clean up this mess, give them the position back, if not then promote the ones who will be there the rest of there life, waiting for these dead heads to retire. [signed Been There]
As a former prison consultant with some knowledge on this issue, it is doubtful that this expensive plan will accomplish its intended purpose.
The introduction of contraband in prisons is primarily due to the cooperation of the guards, and no amount of hardware is going to remedy it.
I would suggest that considerably more research be done before proposing a costly knee jerk response to the Texas legislature that is doomed to fail in its primary objective: limiting the introduction of contraband into the Texas prison system. [signed Anon]
I work inside the prison. We need help! We need random drug testing, cut sick days in half, termination on the spot (not after 9 disciplinaries), quit recruiting employees at high schools, payphones will help and a few extra dollars in my check, then raise the hiring standards. Not $65million dollar metal detector, I am a tax payer too! That is the goofiest idea our leaders have ever come up with. I think we need to look at replacing our leaders, how many escapes? employee homicide? serious assaults? have we had in the last couple of years. Now we get tough because someone got a call? Austin Drama! [signed By BD]
Testimony of the Outlaw Eddie Griffin
Living in prison is not easy for prison guard or prisoner, but they must contend and suffer with each other’s presence for at least eight hours a day. The prison guard goes back home to wife and children, and the prison goes back to naught, but an empty cold bunk bed.
Okay, Johnny Reb, don’t make my day. I’m a lifer, got nothing lose, but my soul, and I’m already in hell. So, don’t make my day, Charlie.
That was my way of getting prison guards off my back.
Hey Charlie, come here a second. I don’t know if you know the rules around here. We, the inmates, outnumber the guards 15-to-1, so don’t get us started. You can come to work, and work a sweet cakewalk 8-hour shift, or your can put in overtime, putting out fires.
Charlie, we got a contest here. Who can take out whom the fastest! Everybody say I am the fastest. You been told!
That was my warning. We were all gladiators, in a fight to the death. Call me more blessed than a cancer survivor.
Wisdom From Hollywood
By Billy "Hollywood" Groves
In my mind the time has come to end all of the secrecy and hypocrisy surround “all white” racist towns in Texas and other places across America.
While I have no problem with an all Anglo city or town, and it certainly isn’t against the law to have an all white, all African American, Mexican American or any other ethnic group American city or town.
The problem occurs when our U.S. government allows the all white residents of those places to “dictate by violence, intimidation and murder” on Black people who come into “their towns and cities”.
The really disturbing aspect of racist, all white areas is that everyone knows about places like “those” and nobody ever does anything about them.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand that our U.S. government is not going to allow a racist all Black city (American city) or town to exist.
If “good white citizens” were being abuse and intimidated because they showed up, the Government would take over that Black city.
We are not living in the 1800’s. We are living in the 2000’s.
A black person should not have to fear for his life and safety based solely on his race, anywhere in America.
A prime example of a racist city is Vidor, Texas, located a “few miles” from Beaumont and the golden triangle where masses of African Americans call home.
For such a “Hub of racism” to exist in such an obvious way, is a slap in the face to every African American in Texas and every Black person who has to travel through that area.
Vidor was the source of a recent CNN story on racism in America.
Vidor earned the reputation over the years as a place where Black people put their “safety in their own hands” if they are caught in Vidor after sundown.
Vidor remains that way to this day.
Over the years I’ve spoken with more than a few white people, male and female from Vidor.
Every one of them appeared to be normal and didn’t show a trace of bigotry or racist behavior when I talked with them.
What that says to me is that people who live in racist towns are aware of what they’re doing, they are aware of the fear put in Blacks through their racist actions.
At the end of the day when residents of racist towns step into unracist areas, they fully expect to be treated with respect, despite what they stand for in their home towns.
Black folks need to adapt the mentality that “we will go in large numbers to any American city with racist problems and make those people follow the law”.
When residents of those “hate towns” realize African Americans “ain’t going for that B.S.”, they will change for the better, I promise you!
God Bless America, Africa and freedom fighters who expose racist America!
Furthermore, with the election of Barack Obama, an African American man as President, our nation has finally reached the place Dr. Martin Luther King talked about in his famous, “I have a Dream” speech.
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