CONTACT TEXAS GOVERNOR
Linda Tant Miller
RANDY KEITH PAYNE
As he looked before incarceration in Texas
As he looked after being beaten to death over a period of two
son's problems with the law started shortly after he graduated from high
school. By the time he turned 21, he had been convicted of burglarizing
two buildings and was in jail again, for breaking into a storage warehouse
and stealing liquor.
Randy arrived August 4, 1994, at the
maximum-security Terrell Unit, a 2,250-bed prison that had been opened
just nine months earlier, just outside Livingston, Texas. Young,
non-violent offenders are told when they reach these violent prisons...you
have to fight or pay convict gangs for protection. The currency often was
sex. He wouldn't pay for protection; so, they jumped him.
beaten for over two hours, by 20 different inmates. And the guards didn't
see a thing, they claimed. They didn't see a thing til they spotted
Randy's bloody body sprawled in the day room.
Randy died a few
days later of head injuries, in a Houston hospital. Randy got the death
penalty for a non-violent offense.
Within weeks after my son died,
Anthony Thibodeaux, 24, who was serving an 18-year sentence for robbery
from Travis County, also died at the Terrell Unit--at the hands of other
con-victs to whom they had refused to pay protection.
convict to die at Terrell was Michael McCoy, 30,a convicted car thief from
Dickinson, Texas, who was beaten to death by two guards. The two guards
were indicted for the murder of McCoy. They were both found guilty and
sentenced to 10 years. After 99 days in prison, a small town judge paroled
There are so many unexplained deaths in our prison
system and the majority of them are young,18-30 years old, non-violent
offenders. Why are these young men put in the same prison with violent
prisoners??? We have asked this question so many times, and to this
day...have not received a truthful answer.
C.A.P.S., I have received hundreds of letters from these young offenders
and this violence is widespread. It doesn't exist in just a few of our
prisons. The only way that this will be changed, is to educate the public
and elect state officials who will check into this situation and correct
Randy and Roy both were criminals and should pay their debt to
society, but not with their lives. This inhuman treatment has to stop. The
violent prisoners are treated better than the non-violent ones. And prison
guards should have to pay for their crimes, when they beat or rape or
murder the inmates. And when they turn their heads to the violence, they
should at least lose their jobs.
Prison guards think they are
above the law and can do anything they please and not have to pay any
consequences. The only witnesses to these incidents are other inmates and
no one wants to believe the testimony of a convicted prisoner.
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