Texas death row prisoners sue State over unjust conditions

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AUSTIN, TX. - The conditions prisoners on Texas' death row are being kept in are a matter of great concern. It is unacceptable that these individuals are subjected to prolonged periods of solitary confinement with no access to medical care, legal representation, or consideration for their mental health.

The fact that the majority of Texas' 181 death row prisoners have spent years in these conditions is disturbing, and it is clear that this prolonged isolation is causing serious harm to these individuals.

According to the lawsuit, the prisoners are being kept in cells for 22 to 24 hours a day and are only allowed to shower or spend an hour alone in a cage on good days. The lack of staff means that they often spend their days sitting on a metal bed, listening to the voices of other inmates and guards through steel doors and concrete walls.

These conditions violate the state's policies and are unjustifiably severe. In addition, the narrow window slits that allow the prisoners to see the sky are not enough to compensate for the prolonged periods of isolation.

Studies have shown that prolonged solitary confinement can cause serious harm, particularly to those with pre-existing mental health conditions. This is a serious concern as at least eight death row inmates have committed suicide over the past two decades.

Terence Andrus, who was sentenced to death for the 2008 attempted carjacking that resulted in the deaths of two people, was found dead in his cell after hanging himself. This is a tragic reminder of the dire consequences of the current conditions on Texas' death row.

It is unacceptable that these individuals are being denied access to legal counsel and medical care. All of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit have been found guilty of capital murder, the only crime in Texas that can result in death, but this does not mean that they should be subjected to such inhumane conditions. The right to legal representation and medical care is a fundamental right that must be protected for all individuals, regardless of their criminal history.

The fact that these conditions have been in place for over two decades is a testament to the need for immediate change. Before the prison break, death row prisoners could work, participate in educational programs, and visit with their loved ones. This showed that it is possible to have a more humane system, and it is time for Texas to implement these changes again.

In conclusion, the conditions on Texas' death row are unacceptable and must be addressed immediately. The prolonged periods of solitary confinement, lack of access to medical care and legal representation, and the harm caused by these conditions are serious concerns. Texas must ensure that death row prisoners are treated with dignity and respect and that their fundamental rights are protected. The current conditions on death row are unjustifiably severe and must be changed.

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