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Texas Death Row

April 17th, 2010  3:53am

Welcome to my nightmare… tales from a dead man!

“It’s always darkest before the dawn”

It’s a new day at Polunsky Concentration Camp. The home of Texas’s Death Camp! (here in modern American). I still to this day wake up praying that this is just one long bad dream, but as I sit here and look at the sadness and misery I’m confronted with a dose of full blast high volume reality. That I’m here to die… and this is a true living nightmare!

Speaking of nightmare’s, here comes the morning meal and for the 6th time in 7 days it’s the exact same thing. “COLD” pancakes, a spoon full of watery oatmeal and apple sauce. I’ve never in all of my 40 years of life seen such a pitiful sight. How does this place get away with feeding us like this? We get no meats, no sausage, no bacon and maybe twice a month we get one fried egg or a spoonful of eggs that wouldn’t fill up a small baby!! I do not create these conditions out of thin air; this is exactly how death row in Texas is being fed.

A few months ago, the State of Texas asked ALL State run offices and facilities to trim 5% off their overall yearly budgets to help save money, but they continue to spend, spend and spend. For example just look at the government of Texas, how the building of the mansion Rick Perry is living in is costing the tax payers so much extra money! Now where am I going with this you wonder? Well as you know I’ve got a front row seat on the death machines roller coaster ride and over the last 8 years have watched the prison officials trim the budget time after time and all they trim is the things the prisoners are to receive and I’ll name just a few and then I’ll explain the reason for me ranting over this topic.

When I first got here this place fed a lot better than now, and this place at one time cared about the prisoner’s dental care. Now you’re probably saying I’m just crying and ought to shut up since I’m just a prisoner and deserve to be punished. Well I’ve got news for you; my only punishment is death by lethal injection. Back to what I was saying, at one time we were fed a desert on each noon meal. Both Jell-O, fruit, cake or pudding… and then a budget cut came along and Texas said no more deserts each day. So the State gave us desert only on Tuesday and Thursday. But as of this month that has been cut from the budget and the calories have NOT been replaced to our daily count.

Dental care now. At one time we could get indigent dental flosses from medical here. Budget cut ended that and now you’re in big trouble if ya run down to the dentist on this unit and expect any help or compassion. We get no pain medications, only Tylenol tablets and the only service you can get now is yanked out teeth by some hillbilly dentist who should be changing car batteries or tires! As an example, my neighbor who is 73 years old had a chunk of tooth fall out last Friday and was in great pain. The whole backside of this tooth is gone, nerves exposed, severe pain, in a cage all helpess. So he tried to get medical/dental help on that Friday but was ignored. He tried to get help on Saturday and is pleading with the guards to help him because of the pain. He is ignored and this goes on through Sunday and Monday and then mid afternoon on Tuesday the staff comes to take him to the dentist and 30 minutes later he’s back with a missing tooth and a hand full of Tylenol. Budget cuts at work.

As for the moral of this story, the Counties we condemned souls are sent from pay the State each day to feed us, house us and for all medical and dental, but do you actually think with all the cutbacks and budget cuts Texas is refunding our Counties any money? I doubt it. These States officials are screaming for a 5% budget cut then how about stop all the millions and millions of dollars spent to send people to Death Row. Budget fixed, problem solved.

True American Till Death and Beyond.

Mark Stroman, 2010

Living to Die, Dying to Live


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