Chris Longden

Debates on Death Row

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Thank you for sending copies of 'Socialist Review' to my penfriend, who is currently on death row in Texas.

The men and women on death row in Texas have no access to television. They are locked up in purpose built (no bars) six foot by nine foot cells for 23 hours a day. They have inadequate diets which can only be supplemented if they have access to sufficient funds. They are subject to barbaric and retaliatory 'lockdowns' which can be declared at the whim of the state governor (Bush had the whole of the system on lockdown during the election). And even for the 'best behaved' prisoners there are no contact rules, and extremely limited phone calls and access to stamps for postage.

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