Jason Bayless is a life-long activist and is currently working at The Pachamama Alliance. When he is not working he spends, working with Center for Farmworker Families and spending his time recording shows, writing blogs, collecting 3D movies, and playing VR games.
Welcome to the Zombie Popcorn’s Post from Prison Series.
Zombie Popcorn is opening its pages to the words of an individual who is sitting in prison. We will get first hand experiences about life in prison. They will talk about their likes, loves, dislikes and what is is like being in prison. Our first ‘Post from Prison‘ goes by the name, “Z0mbi3Kid“. He would like to remain anonymous and he will post under that name. This ensures that he can speak freely without the fear of being reprimanded.
You will be able respond to his writing in the comment section under each post. I will then print out the post page and mail it to him for his response.
You can always find the other letters in the ‘Post from Prison’ archive.
- Letter 12
Merry Christmas! It’s Christmas day here in T.D.C at the wonderful Choice Moore Unit in Texas. It sure don’t feel much like Christmas. Around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years is actually the tensest time of the year here. Every single inmate has some family in the world that they are missing and the guards or “bosses” as we call them, don’t want to be here either and feel like its the inmates fault because they have to work and so they make it a point to take it out on everyone around them. IF they have to work on Christmas and be unhappy, well, then by-gosh there not gonna let anyone else be happy. That is what it seems like to me anyways.
Christmas dinner, we had brisket, coleslaw, beans, corn, onions, pickles, celery and peach cobbler. I thought it was pretty good and felt blessed for having it because I know its alot more than some people in the world are getting this Christmas. Everyone who has been here for a while said it’s nothing compaired to last year, which is probably true because they are cutting corners everywhere in T.D.C. right now.
There have been a lot of newspaper articles about T.D.C. having major budget cuts already and even more are coming in the next legislative session. The old-school convicts in here say its the worst they have ever seen. All the weight machines on the rec yard are broken, people are walking around with their State issued shoes falling off their feet and can’t get anymore because Huntsville only sends a shipment of shoes every 2 months and they don’t send near enough for everyone to get a new pair. Most people break down and buy a pair of shoes off commissary for $35.00.
They cut the (food) servings down to nearly nothing on our trays and there is talk that after the first of the year we are only gonna get one hot meal a day. I feel like they are in big trouble and they are doing all these things to avoid having to lay off personnel. Something gonna have to give though because I don’t see how they can take much more from us prisoners to keep their employees working. One of the newspaper articles I read about the T.D.C. budget crisis said that after the next legislative session it is gonna be virtually impossible for T.D.C. to avoid lay offs with the new budget. I assume that means that they are gonna have to start letting people out and hopefully close some of Texas nearly 150 prisons.
I have already seen a lot of people making parole lately. More people are making it now than they were when I got in the system back in May. I’ll be coming back up for parole around April or May. I just hope they are ready to turn me loose. I just don’t see how they can justify keeping a non-violent, disciplinary free, drunk driver locked down in maximum security Texas Penitentiary for another year with the budget the way it is. But that doesn’t mean anything, I have see people come down here for the 3rd or 4th time and make their first parole and I have seen some first time offenders get set-off multiple times. You never know what their gonna do. All I know is that I’m glad the Holidays are almost over and the New Year is almost here. I am more than ready to leave this year behind and get started on a new one.
That’s all for now folks, I hope everyone who reads this has a good Christmas and a safe New Year. One more thing, If anyone reading this is doing anything that could possibly land them in ail and ultimately prison, you might want to listen to these things I say and seriously reconsider what you are doing. It is a cold, nasty, lonely, violent place and things aren’t getting better, they are getting progressively worse everyday.