Good Time Credit for the Texas Prison System

Good Time Credit for the Texas Prison System

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Edna Watts started this petition to Texas State House and

Petition Statement
I am requesting retroactive legislation that will DELETE the phrase “without consideration of good conduct time” from the statutory language of Section 508.145 (b), (d) (2), and (e), of the Texas Government Code.
Petition Background
Prison slavery shouldn’t exist in this day and age. Yet it’s alive and well in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). Contrary to what TDCJ would have concerned members of society to believe, work is not optional for prisoners. If a prisoner is not mentally or physically disabled, or presently confined to segregation, they are COMPELLED to work, or otherwise suffer various forms of punishment via a disciplinary case. *
Therefore, payment should not be optional. However, TDCJ has a very lucrative multi-million dollar “Texas Correctional Industries” (TCI) that operates and thrives upon the uncompensated labor of numerous 3g offenders. These (3g offenders) are a select classification of offenders, who legislators have prohibited any of their “work time” and “good time” credits from applying towards parole eligibility. Oddly, TDCJ does document and calculate both credits, although the credits are utterly useless for 3g offenders.
This is directly due to the legislative language “without consideration of good conduct time” in Section 508.145, of the Texas Government Code.
We believe many are unaware of this statutory language that is a significant roadblock – which keeps an excessive number of our rehabilitated love ones and friends incarcerated longer than necessary. Consequently, it’s also quietly destroying families, homes, and hope.
Much like slavery, TCI is only growing richer at the expense of defenseless men and women, who desperately need our help to officially illegalize and abolish this modern day brand of systematic oppression and slavery.
We are sounding the alarm. Hoping this petition will enlighten concerned individuals and organizations to take a bold stance – which tells our legislators this cannot continue or be ignored. The prison slavery in Texas must cease. The work without viable compensation must stop, NOW!

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*a disciplinary case: According to the handbook given to every inmate upon arrival to TDCJ, refusing to work is a disciplinary offense (aka “infraction”) in clear violation of TDCJ offender rules. Moreover, the handbook is called the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Correctional Institutions Division “Disciplinary Rules and Procedures for Offenders” – which in pertinent part details the offense code:
25.0 Refusing to work
a. Refusing or failing to begin a work assignment without a legitimate reason, such as illness;
b. Refusing or failing to complete a work assignment (or obey an order from a work supervisor to perform a certain task) without a legitimate reason, such as illness;
c. Failure to complete a reasonable amount of offender’s work assignment within a reasonable period of time;
d. Sleeping on the job; and
e. Reporting late to work, without a legitimate reason.

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