Life inside a maximum security prison can only be known through the eyes of a prisoner. It is not like TV or the movies. Drug War prisoners are locked up with society's most violent criminals, many of whom are serving far less time than I am. We're talking violent murderers, aggravated sexual assault offenders, and other sick offenders.
People should know that the propaganda about air-conditioning and cable television in prison is totally false. Some states provide privileges for pre-release inmates or non-violent offenders, but prisons in Texas are concrete and barbed-wire sweat-houses. The atmosphere in these prisons reeks with hate, violence, and sometimes death. Texas prisoners endure extreme heat, rancid food, and poor medical services - at a high cost to you, free world taxpayer. If prison were as agreeable as the media make it out to be, I'd wonder why so many of us fight for our freedom.
I consider myself an activist who has always stood for freedom of choice, freedom of speech, and freedom from the hatred of marijuana which has dealt life sentences for many of us marijuana prisoners. I have been a NORML supporter since 1979 when I was 15 and started attending rallies.
I have a beautiful wife and two fine sons whom I have not seen for over 5 years. We are Ohio citizens born and raised. A POW locked up in a Texas prison near the Mexican border, I do not know when I will see my family again.
When citizens of the United States express a wish to change the draconian drug laws of our country and are told our voice means nothing, who does this show controls the reins of power? Certainly not the people of the United States. The government may think it can play God, but change will come. Already some elected officials are saying the frenzy of the War on Drugs has gone too far. I say to those elected officials: Do not forget the POWs, the prisoners of your War on Drugs.
I have information to share with those who will read, mark, and learn. In these columns I will explore the ethics of the Texas law machine. May God bless this troubled state and nation. May He care for those who have fallen victim in this senseless War on Drugs. Amen.
Martin Dale Walker, POW # 747874, HC 67 Box 115, Kenedy, Texas 78119