We’re on emergency lockdown because a general population prisoner was murdered on the unit yesterday. TDCJ tries very hard to keep information like this from reaching the public so I felt the need to write a quick update.
I don’t know all of the details, but I do know that a prisoner was beaten to death yesterday, supposedly by another prisoner. It happened in one of the general population dorms. Interestingly —or perhaps I should say sadly— enough, yesterday was also the birthday of Malcom X.
When I get more details about what happened I’ll let ya’ll know what I find out. It’s absolutely absurd that the prison system is structured in such a way as to make people worse after they enter prison. People come to prison for non-violent offenses —the majority of people in prison are there for drug cases— and are forced to be violent to survive. The structure of prison promotes violence. I’ve seen officers crank up fights between inmates and bet donuts on who would win.
Well, I’ll wait until I find out exactly what happened before I make any further comments. I will, however, close with a thought: The staff members control the daily operations of the prison system. The state and federal government —through the dictates of politicians —Senators, governments, etc.— control the overall structure of prisons. If, for example, a non-violent drug user is sent to prison for repeated possession charges (he just likes to get high for whatever reason but he’s never hurt anyone), he’s thrown into an environment that turns him into a fucking maniac.
Who’s to blame? This question is actually a very deep one and I won’t delve into the depths of it at this time, but again, I ask, who is to blame?