Inspired by the civil rights movement, Cruz, a Mexican American with only an 8th grade education, became jailhouse lawyer--writ writer in prison parlance--and the catalyst of prison reform in Texas.
The case attracted wide attention after Chin's attackers struck a plea bargain and were sentenced to three thousand dollars in fines and three years in prison, time that they never were required to serve after posting bail.
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This documentary goes inside America's troubled prison system where more than 2.2 million convicts live in a world of increasing violence, extreme crowding, rampant drug use and gang warfare.
What Is Life in Prison without Parole?
“Solitary confinement was originally meant to be for the so-called worst of the worst dangerous prisoners, but it’s typically become a first resort as punishment for minor infractions,” said Angela Browne, a senior fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice, a research group advising states and the federal government on reform.
Inside a Mental Hospital Called Jail - The New York Times
The bleak cell contains a fixed metal desk, stool and bunk, a combined sink and lavatory unit – and little else. Despite the physical isolation the cell reverberates day and night with the noises of the prison.
Too many laws, too many prisoners | The Economist
The prisoners talk about the background of the rebellion, asking for an investigation into the treatment of prisoners and conditions at the prison which instigated the riots.