Editorial and Business Offices: The Texas Observer, 600 W. 7th St., Austin, Texas 78701. Telephone 477-0746. mletio V personal emnity towards Cruz, even though she was the first lawyer to file suit against the TDC attacking the building tender system, the denial of religious freedom, the use of solitary confinement, the censorship of mail and the arbitrary removal of an inmate’s good time. He insisted there was no truth whatsoever in the “Ellis Report” a study of prison brutality on McAdam’s unit, the Ellis Unit. There are actually two reports, one written by Cruz while she was working for the Dallas Legal Services Project based on information supplied by inmates, And a second report written by Fred Cruz. The reports allege that prisoners confined in the TDC, particularly on the Ellis Unit, are deprived of their constitutional rights and subjected to a pattern of repression, harassment and even torture. “Through abusive practices based on brutality and dehumanization,” one report says, “the inmates live in constant fear fear of punishment in the form of deprivation of privileges, loss of good time, humiliations and indignities and .beatings; fear of solitary where, when incarceration is prolonged, starvation or even death can result. Those prisoners the guards cannot intimidate by brute force are subjected to psychological pressures aimed at destroying their minds and their will to resist.” McAdams denied that the use of solitary confinement was cruel and unusual punishment. He said that there were cases where nothing else would work and the man would have to be sent to solitary. The inmate is placed in a windowless cell completely in the dark with nothing to do, no equipment to keep himself clean, no water with a “repast” every 72 hours Photo by E. F. Shawver, Jr. Frances Freeman Jalet Cruz consisting of a few vegetables. There is a metal bunk, no mattress or blanket, the inmate is sometimes naked but usually gowned. His feet are bare and his head shaved. After 15 days, the normal durational period, the outer cell door made of steel is opened; the prisoner, however, is still behind bars in the inner cell. This is considered “release from solitary.” The door is shut again and he may be kept there another 15 days according to the Ellis Report. This cycle may be repeated until the man has been in solitary 45 days or longer. The warden also denied punishment for minor infractions of the rules and regulations includes beatings with fists, baseball bats and blackjacks; being handcuffed, knocked down, kicked and stomped on the handcuffs; being made to weekend and being denied food; being hung on the bars in a straightjacket, toes not touching the floor and being punched like a punching bag by any officer happening by; being made to stand facing a wall for hours or days at a time without being fed; or being made to shell peanuts all day and all night. WITNESS AFTER witness for the defense cited instances of prison brutality involving Warden McAdams, building tenders and other prison officials; the pettiness of the TDC rules and regulations; the arbitrary way in which inmates are summarily punished; and the harassment Wand intimidation to which Cruz’ clients are subjected. According to defense witnesses, many instances of prison brutality involve men “caught in homosexual acts.” Homosexuals, they said, are made to stand naked in the hallway in front of the chow hall, holding each other’s penises in their hands. Homosexuals have had Whitfield salve, a salve with an acidic base, pgured over their genitals. Clyde Sewel testified about an escape attempt and its aftermath. “Three men commanded a squad truck and tried to escape. The warden supposedly shot them. When we went to eat, three men were in front of the dining room. Blood was running down the hallway. One man was EDITOR Kaye Northcott CO-EDITOR Moll Ivins EDITOR AT LARGE Ronnie Dugger REVIEW EDITOR Steve Barthelme Contributing Editors: Winston Bode, Bill Brammer, Gary Cartwright, Sue Horn Estes, Joe Frantz, Larry Goodwyn, Harris Green, Bill Hamilton, Bill Helmer, Dave Hickey, Franklin. Jones, Lyman Jones, Larry L. King, Georgia Earnest Klipple, Larry Lee, Al Melinger, Robert L. 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