Just as it took two years for Texas to adopt the Emancipation Proclamation, brought about by President Abraham Lincoln, at the legislative level, Texas has been slow to react to the COVID-19 virus.
With the COVID-19 pandemic seemingly starting to slow down, there has been very little coverage of its effect on the millions of incarcerated in the federal and state prison systems in the United States.
I didn’t know how faith differed from jailhouse religion, until I came to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.
At each of these units, especially Coffield and McConnell, the conditions of confinement are well below what a layman would consider acceptable, with infestations of many disease-carrying insects, venomous spiders, rodents, etc. There is also a problem with excessive amounts of lead, arsenic, and other harmful bacteria in the water supply. I contracted H. pylori while at the Coffield Unit in Tennessee Colony, Texas. With this, my age, and medications that I take, I am more susceptible to contract viruses like COVID-19.