Why so many suicides at Lane Murray Unit, a Texas women’s prison?

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by Britney Gulley

“We are a commodity!” Britney Gulley declares, explaining that Lane Murray Unit keeps its ad-seg, where women are held indefinitely in solitary confinement, full for no other reason than the extra money the prison receives for prisoners in ad-seg. Here, Angela Moyo, with a dollar bill over her mouth, makes the same point: People do not equal dollars!

For women in Texas prisons, it’s a perpetual fight. After five long, atrocious years of mental, emotional and physical abuse in prolonged solitary confinement at Lane Murry Unit – infamously nicknamed “Miserable Murray” – I have suffered tremendously. I, along with numerous other women from ad-seg (administrative segregation) at Lane Murray Unit, are victims.

I am currently at Skyview Unit, which is a mental hospital for prisoners suffering mental illness or have attempted and/or survived suicide. Thankfully, I’m temporarily at a better place, at the moment! But after being released from psychiatric care, I’ll be returning back to the “dungeon,” ad-seg at Lane Murray Unit.

Being in ad-seg for so long has been detrimental to my health. Prolonged solitary confinement at Lane Murray Unit, along with the abuse from the hands of correctional officers, weakens many women’s mental and emotional state. For most of the women from Lane Murray Unit, their psychosis is unstable.

I have never suffered mental or emotional illness until now! Statistics show that more than 85 percent of prisoners in solitary confinement suffer from PTSD and depression after being confined for a great amount of time.

This shows that prolonged solitary confinement is legal abuse, which violates the Eighth Amendment, prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment. More than 95 percent of the women at Skyview Unit are suffering from depression, and over 80 percent of the women are from ad-seg at Lane Murray.

Skyview Unit is a refuge from Lane Murray Unit. Skyview Unit is a heavenly haven compared to Lane Murray, which is basically Hell, the devil’s playground.

Statistics show that more than 85 percent of prisoners in solitary confinement suffer from PTSD and depression after being confined for a great amount of time.

I am living proof that the fight for women in Texas prison is perpetual. The injustices and corruption we are subjected to at Lane Murray Unit are only a third of the problem.

More than 98 percent of the correctional officers and rank are racist, dirty and corrupt and they abuse their authority. More than 85 percent of the women in ad-seg are qualified to be released from ad-seg to general population. But to no avail; still we are held captive in prolonged solitary confinement.

It is a known fact that Lane Murray Unit receives extra money for every prisoner in ad-seg housing. We are a commodity! Ad-seg is full past capacity, but yet they are placing more people in ad-seg and refusing to let others go.

Ad-seg is supposed to be for security, not punishment. Ad-seg is being utilized for laundering dirty money from the state, which means taxpayers are literally paying for our abuse without their knowledge. The wardens, correctional officers and medical staff are corrupt! They continue to cover up the neglect and abuse of ad-seg prisoners with lies and bribery.

Ninety percent of the women from Lane Murray Unit Ad-Seg are currently at Skyview Unit, are mentally distressed, emotionally injured and psychologically damaged because of prolonged solitary confinement. The only way to get to Skyview is by suicidal behavior or attempts.

Question is: Why are so many women from Lane Murray Unit at a mental hospital from suicide attempts and survival? This is substantial evidence that Lane Murray Unit is corrupt and evil.

Thankfully, I am a survivor. But there are some who are not. This abuse needs to end! Women at Lane Murray Unit are suffering and need help. They are purposely keeping women confined in ad-seg for no probable cause, causing many women mental, emotional and physical health problems.

I have been a victim for five years in prolonged solitary confinement. I have filed a 2254 habeas corpus through the federal courts to no avail. Lorie Davis, who is the director of ad-seg classification, denies knowing of my confinement. Warden Erwin, Assistant Warden Massey and Regional Director Nelson retaliate against those who expose their corruption and lies and deceit.

This abuse needs to end! Women at Lane Murray Unit are suffering and need help.

Correctional Officers Arey, Espinosa, Henry, Johnson and Peters, Sgts. McCall, Transue, Dorsey, Roberts and Cockrell, Major Lozado, Lts. Dickeson, Warren and Benson and Capt. Garret are all cross-action, racist or corrupt prison staff who abuse their authority. Many women at Lane Murray Unit have died because of these correctional officers and rank officials.

The percentage rate continues to rise for women committing suicide at Lane Murray Unit. When will justice be served? How many women must die before Lane Murray Unit is finally investigated by internal affairs and/or closed down?

These violations of constitutional rights must end. Lane Murray Unit is a dungeon for punishing women in prison for crimes they did or did not commit. Double jeopardy!

The small town of Gatesville, a prominent area for the KKK, white supremacists and the Aryan Brotherhood, is a racist town with prisons full of Black and Latino men and women prisoners. Gatesville, Texas, is the worst place to be.

Next to the fact that it’s a few miles away from where Sandra Bland was brutally murdered by police, it’s a town where Confederate flags hang, and white people call Black people “niggers,” “boy,” “girl” and “colored.” Considering slavery still exists in this state, since Texas allows prisoners to work for free, it is legal abuse.

I am fighting for women in Texas prisons. I hope and pray for a change for the better. Please support us and help all you can. I write in solidarity if not in temporary peace.

Send our sister some love and light: Britney Gulley, 1601283, Skyview/Hodge, 379 FM 2972, Rusk, TX 75785.

10 COMMENTS

  1. This endless oppression of black people… this endless corruption that no one attempts to eradicate… we need an uprising of all black people… everyone to address these problems and address them daily… We need to be on the offensive every minute of every day… how can we make that happen? Damn the celebrity, glitz glamour and money-mongering… we need to fight for our lives… now. And they want to condemn those who say Black Lives Matter… or twist and condemn the use of these words… we need to shout those words daily and work to show that we believe our lives matter. We know how to die… we need to figure out how to live.

  2. Yep, only blacks are treated this way in TX prisoners ! What BS. Ask a few WHITE people how they are lovingly treated.

  3. Those women's prisons in Texas sound so hard core. Just being locked up there in that heat must have made you crazy. Glad you are home Amanda.

  4. My daughter was supposed to have hung herself on suicide watch how could that happen I am onto research now I can’t get peace until I see it all from 2008 I will get my answers

  5. I WAS JUST RELEASED FROM A GATESVILLE WOMENS PRISON IN TEXAS LANE MURREY. I PROMISE YOU IT’S NOT A BLACK & WHITE ISSUE WHEN IT COMES TO THE MISTREATMENT. IT’S A THEM IN ATHORITY 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 SEXUALY ASSAULTED. WE LIVED 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. 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 TO TONA, YES IT IS A COMMON PRACTICE THAT IF AN INMATE IS KILLED DURING A USE OF FORCE SITUATION, THEY 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 AND I PRAY YOU FIND JUSTICE IN YOUR DAUGHTERS DEATH. DON’T GIVE UP.

  6. I was on Lane Murray unit and that until is terrible, I got a unit transfer to go to Carol Young medical facility as a trustee and I’m praying for you

  7. I have been out of prison 4 and a half months. And Lane Murray was my unit. From 9-22-16 to 8-3-18 when I was released, there were at least 15 deaths. 4 of which were medical issues. The rest were suicides in ad- seg. I was a SSI or janitor down thy there for almost 2 mon andhs the summer of 2017. It was awful down there I lost 10 lbs just working. There is NO AIR CONDITIONING, the medical building, line control, education , and the visitation areas were cooled. There were 5 large construction fans placed in each dorm, a few smaller fans on the walls. And some inmates weren’t lucky enough to own a fan. 102 women in each dorm that is 204 for each building. And it was miserable. I did my time, I didn’t enjoy it. I hope I can be a voice for the ladies in white. No matter what the crime, we aren’t animals. There’s a new law in Colorado that says all outside pets must have insulated housing. Thy he metal buildings at Lane Murray unit are not insulated. And even though they have 5 heaters hanging from the ceiling that doesn’t mean the heat they work. I hope somebody reads this and something gets done.
    Thank you, Samantha Davidson
    Facebook, sammi Davidson

  8. My girlfriend was on this unit in 2008 for a year and a half but go transferred to Hobby. She detailed a host of issues including strip searches with male guards watching, sex in the “broom closets”, crazy lesbian aggression and outright sex acts taking place in the TV room on a daily basis. She told me that while on the hoe squad women were stripped searched and had tampons pulled out during the process by guards. She explained to me that having a relationship with a guard is the way most of the female inmates are able to get special privileges which makes life a whole lot easier. They are called “Pets” She told me that one time when she refused to come out of her cell, they pepper sprayed her and dragged her out, stripped her naked and threw her in a psych ward for 10 days without her clothes the entire time. Male guards were able to look in the window at her during this time. The food is so horrible she basically lived off of commissary items which took a huge toll on her looks. When she first got out she was about 50 pounds overweight with totally aged skin and her family didnt even recognize her when they came to pick her up. Although she won’t admit it, the reason I think she was transferred is because she was banging a guard named Danny Warren, who never even lost his job after the allegation was made by another female guard. They both denied it, but she was transferred to Hobby unit and he kept his job. He had brothers that worked there also. The amount of aggression by lesbian inmates was shocking to hear. So not only are the male guards trying to get blow jobs, hand jobs and ultimately sex constantly, but the female inmates are as well. It seems like a sexual hell she was in all those years and as sad as it is, it pretty much ruined her and her beauty is faded as well from those hard years freezing in the winter and sweating her tits off in the summer with over 100 degree heat with no viable food available except what junk food she ate from the commissary.

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