From solitary confinement in ‘Miserable Murray,’ fighting for women in Texas prisons

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by Brittany Gulley

Dr. Lane Murray Unit, TDCJThe Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), in particular, Lane Murray Unit, is infamous for their “cross action” ways, in which the prison officials write bogus disciplinary cases, utilize threatening language consumed of epithets, abuse their authority, retaliate by destroying inmates’ personal property, tearing up cells during cell searches, utilize excessive “use of force,” deny inmates release to population even though they meet the requirements, and deny us rank, medical and/or psych assistance. The list goes on and on at the unit unanimously nicknamed “Miserable Murray.”

These prison officials are corrupt. When we write grievances or have our family contact the warden, we face retribution for our reports of abuse. When we make a staff complaint, we face retribution for our reports of abuse.

Living in the misery of Ad-Seg causes much psychological damage. Justice needs to be served.

Investigations and surveillance and/or substantive monitoring needs to begin immediately. Gatesville, Texas, is a prominent area for racism. And the prisons have made it a duty to hire their worst racists. Ninety percent of the prison officials are in fact racist and disrespectful.

Lane Murray Unit is extremely tainted with corruption and the dire need of an ombudsman is evident. These officers are continually bullying, taunting, ridiculing and humiliating inmates, sexually harassing and underhandedly convicting inmates writing disciplinary cases that are lies.

Living in the misery of Ad-Seg causes much psychological damage. Justice needs to be served. Investigations and surveillance and/or substantive monitoring needs to begin immediately.

Gatesville, Texas, is an area submerged in evil and hatred that wants inmates to basically die. They’re biased against inmates because of a crime we did or did not commit.

Living in the misery of Ad-Seg causes much psychological damage. Justice needs to be served.

I am writing seeking justice, help and assistance, fighting the cause for women in Texas prisons. I suffer daily for the wrongs I have or have not committed along with other women who don’t deserve “double jeopardy” punishment and abuse. Just being in prison is punishment enough.

We need help! The slavery of prison must end. Women in prison face abuse by the hands of those who are supposed to screen us for security, not inflict harm.

About me: I am an offender housed in Ad-Seg at Lane Murray Unit for four years and counting. I’m currently a Stat-4 Level One, and I’ve been major case free for two and a half years, meeting all the requirements to be released from Ad-Seg, but yet I’m still held in captivity for unjustifiable reasons.

Send our sister some love and light: Brittany Gulley, 01601283, Murray, 1916 N. Hwy 36 Bypass. Gatesville TX 76596.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Bahahahahah WHAT A JOKE! "The slavery of prison must end." Sorry, you lost your freedoms and rights when you broke the law. Sould have thought about that before YOU did whatever YOU did.

  2. Excessive punishment is itself a crime. You laugh, but a lot of the conditions in these prison are such, I'm guessing, you wouldn't last a day in. No cooling in summer, no ventilation, over 100 degrees temp indoors. People dying by baking to death, literally.

    Texas prisons are the disgrace of the nation. Stupid Alabama and other "Redneck Riviera" states are far behind.

    "The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons."

    -Fyodor Dostoevsky

  3. I believe you are" THE JOKE"! Slaves should have been treated as humans .Being locked up is paying their debt to society already without being treated inhumanly. Could you live in a place that has no heat for winter or air for summer in Texas heat or being called names for no reason? No I didn't think so! So God forbid you should ever be locked up or have a child or family member that is.You do know there are some folks in prisons that are innocent.So Have a good day.

  4. I did ten years at murray and although I did ok I worked for the captain so that saved my ads many cases that would have been cross out cases. It happens and sad but true many black officers favor the black community and hurt intentionally whites.seen and heard it. And rank laughs at you. Sad no one to listen to you. Inmates have no one to help them in their bogus cases.

  5. It’s employed many prison personnel and other “professional” staff…UTMB Contractors. I use the word “professional” very loosely. There are some dedicated, ethical employees, but not many. It’s cut-throat and full of manipulative liars who misuse their positions. There’s a great amount of “double-jeopardy” taking place by “professionals.” Prisons don’t retain the exceptional professionals with good work ethics, intact morals and integrity. The real professionals that are there to “do their jobs” leave or are let go. It’s an extremely negative and poisonous environment. Yes, it’s prison and prisoners should not be coddled…offenders are in prison for committing a crime. There are prisoners who are manipulative liars who do not care about life in general. There are also prisoners who know why they’re incarcerated and just want to do their time. All the unnecessary negative things you read about are true. What’s the definition of professional???

  6. I WAS JUST RELEASED FROM A GATESVILLE WOMENS PRISON IN TEXAS. I PROMISE YOU IT'S NOT A BLACK & WHITE ISSUE WHEN IT COMES TO THE MISTREATMENT. IT'S A THEM IN AUTHORITY DOING ALL INMATES WRONG ISSUE. YOU COULD NEVER FANTHOM THE HELL THAT WOMEN INMATES ARE PUT THROUGH. EVERYTHING FROM RAPE, BEATINGS, LONG TERM SOLITARY SEG HOUSING, BEING SEEN NUDE BY MALE OFFICERS, LACK OF MEDICAL ATTENTION, INHUMANE LIVING CONDITIONS, BEING MENTALLY EMOTIONALLY & PHYSICALLY ABUSED, BEING FORCED TO DO HARD LABOR THAT THEIR BODY CAN'T ENDURE DUE TO OLD AGE OR ILLNESS, AND BEING PUNISHED FOR REPORTING SEXUAL ASSAULTS TO "PREA" THE PEOPLE THAT ARE SUPOSE TO PROTECT US FROM BEING SEXUAL ASSAULTS. AND TO LIVE IN A TIN BUILDING THAT ALL SUMMER IS 10 TO 15 DEGREES HOTTER THAN IT IS OUTSIDE. SO IF IT'S 100 DEGREES OUTSIDE IT'S 115 DEGREES INSIDE OUR LIVING ARE, PEOPLE DIE EVERY YEAR FROM A HEAT RELATED ILLNESS. AND YOU WONDER WHY THE SUICIDE RATE IS GOING UP IN TEXAS PRISONS. THE HUMAN BODY AND MIND CAN ONLY TAKE SO MUCH. LET ME ALSO SAY YES IT IS A COMMON PRACTICE THAT IF AN INMATE IS KILLED DURING A USE OF FORCE SITUATION, THE WILL MAKE IT LOOK LIKE A SUICIDE WHICH MAKES IT HARD FOR FAMALIES TO KNOW WHAT HONESTLY HAPPEN. I AM A BLACK FEMALE THAT WAS INCARCERATED IN A WORLD THAT WE WE'RE NOT DISCRIMINATED AGAINST FOR OUR COLOR AS MUCH AS WE WE'RE FOR BEING A FEMALE. TEXAS IS A NIGHTMARE!!!! FOR BREAKING THE LAW DO WE DESERVE TO BE RAPED OR DIE FROM OUR LIVING CONDITIONS??????

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