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commented 2018-04-16 13:10:13 -0700
Dear Mr. Whitmire:


I am a member of the Texas Inmate Families Association and it has come to my attention that the A-1 wing of the Wynne prison unit in Huntsville, TX is on a Hunger Strike. This is due to deplorable conditions & the inhumane treatment of the inmates by the Correctional Officers.


As one TIFA member writes:


“I have just heard that A1 at the Wynne Unit in Huntsville has gone on Hunger Strike. Due to an incident they have been on Disciplinary lockdown since March 13th and 200 men are being punished and maltreated unfairly. Refusal of showers, lack of food or really bad quality of food, and bogus cases being made up to prolong lockdown and start lockdown over again. The guys are being harassed daily by officers. The runs at A1 at the Wynne are covered in s**t and the floor has not been cleaned in two weeks. The food trays are getting pushed along on the floor by the co’s using their feet/boots. They wear the same gloves all day. Trash piling up and roaches everywhere….., and I could go on and on. This is serious!”


Please look into this matter as soon as possible. The health and well-being of our incarcerated loved ones are depending on your assistance and help.


Respectfully,

James Blenkle
commented 2018-04-01 19:07:49 -0700
TO: SENATOR JOHN WHITMORE

(TIME SENSITIVE, URGENT!)

SUBJECT: DARRINGTON SEMINARY GRADUATION


The first three (3) Seminary Graduation classes allowed the Graduate’s minor (under 18) children to attend the Graduation Ceremony. The 2018 Seminary Graduates were just informed on March 26, 2018 by the new warden, Warden Butcher, that all minor, under age children could not attend this year. That no one under the age of 18 would be allowed.


This came as a complete surprise because no one in the Seminary College Program has done anything wrong and there were no issues with the other three (3) Graduation classes which allowed minor children under 18 to attend.


We realize that this is Warden Butcher’s first Seminary Graduation Class and he hasn’t experienced the great things that are coming out of this program and the impact it is having on not just the inmates graduating but all the other inmates they come in contact with. This ruling is unfair not just to the graduates of this year’s class, their families and children but will impact future classes as well.


Our son, Michael W. Cantu, who is part of this graduation class, has contacted Warden Butcher through the I-60 form and has talked to both Warden Butcher and Warden Danheim about this matter but Warden Butcher still said no. My husband, Fred and I have called and left messages but have not had any success talking to Warden Butcher.


Our son, Michael W. Cantu, has two children, Sierra Cantu, age 18 (she will be 19 in April) and will be able to attend and Michael J. Cantu, age 17, who will be 18 in August who will not be allow to attend under the new ruling. They love their daddy and are so proud of him. Michael J., his son, wants to go to college because of what his father has accomplished and would be heart broken if he can’t attend. Each of these inmates who are graduating this year and their families and children deserve to be at the Graduation Ceremony. No one knows the positive impact this will have on each child that attends their father’s graduation.


Several past Seminary Graduates at Darrington told our son, Michael W. how much you believed in the importance of the children being at the Graduation Ceremony. We know how much you support the Seminary College Program and have seen first hand the positive effect it has made on the inmates and their families.


Since the Seminary Graduation is May 7, 2018, there is not a lot of time to get Warden Butcher’s new ruling reversed. We would appreciate whatever you can do to help in this matter. We know how much going to this graduation means to our grandchildren, Sierra and Michael J and we believe the graduation will mean as much to the other children as well.


Our son, Michael W. Cantu and each of the other Graduates deserve to see their precious children in attendance at the Seminary Graduating Ceremony.


Thank you very much. Words cannot express our appreciation for all your efforts, support and help not just in this matter but all you do for the inmates and the Texas Prison System.


God bless you, your family and staff with His unlimited blessings.


Very Respectfully,


Fred and Carolynn Cantu

Email: Fccan2@yahoo.com

Address: 14402 Barker Pelican Ct.

Cypress, TX. 77429

Cell Phone: 713-298-2231


NOTE: copies sent to:

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick

Grove Norwood, Heart of Texas Foundation
commented 2018-04-01 19:07:48 -0700
TO: SENATOR JOHN WHITMORE

(TIME SENSITIVE, URGENT!)

SUBJECT: DARRINGTON SEMINARY GRADUATION


The first three (3) Seminary Graduation classes allowed the Graduate’s minor (under 18) children to attend the Graduation Ceremony. The 2018 Seminary Graduates were just informed on March 26, 2018 by the new warden, Warden Butcher, that all minor, under age children could not attend this year. That no one under the age of 18 would be allowed.


This came as a complete surprise because no one in the Seminary College Program has done anything wrong and there were no issues with the other three (3) Graduation classes which allowed minor children under 18 to attend.


We realize that this is Warden Butcher’s first Seminary Graduation Class and he hasn’t experienced the great things that are coming out of this program and the impact it is having on not just the inmates graduating but all the other inmates they come in contact with. This ruling is unfair not just to the graduates of this year’s class, their families and children but will impact future classes as well.


Our son, Michael W. Cantu, who is part of this graduation class, has contacted Warden Butcher through the I-60 form and has talked to both Warden Butcher and Warden Danheim about this matter but Warden Butcher still said no. My husband, Fred and I have called and left messages but have not had any success talking to Warden Butcher.


Our son, Michael W. Cantu, has two children, Sierra Cantu, age 18 (she will be 19 in April) and will be able to attend and Michael J. Cantu, age 17, who will be 18 in August who will not be allow to attend under the new ruling. They love their daddy and are so proud of him. Michael J., his son, wants to go to college because of what his father has accomplished and would be heart broken if he can’t attend. Each of these inmates who are graduating this year and their families and children deserve to be at the Graduation Ceremony. No one knows the positive impact this will have on each child that attends their father’s graduation.


Several past Seminary Graduates at Darrington told our son, Michael W. how much you believed in the importance of the children being at the Graduation Ceremony. We know how much you support the Seminary College Program and have seen first hand the positive effect it has made on the inmates and their families.


Since the Seminary Graduation is May 7, 2018, there is not a lot of time to get Warden Butcher’s new ruling reversed. We would appreciate whatever you can do to help in this matter. We know how much going to this graduation means to our grandchildren, Sierra and Michael J and we believe the graduation will mean as much to the other children as well.


Our son, Michael W. Cantu and each of the other Graduates deserve to see their precious children in attendance at the Seminary Graduating Ceremony.


Thank you very much. Words cannot express our appreciation for all your efforts, support and help not just in this matter but all you do for the inmates and the Texas Prison System.


God bless you, your family and staff with His unlimited blessings.


Very Respectfully,


Fred and Carolynn Cantu

Email: Fccan2@yahoo.com

Address: 14402 Barker Pelican Ct.

Cypress, TX. 77429

Cell Phone: 713-298-2231


NOTE: copies sent to:

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick

Grove Norwood, Heart of Texas Foundation
commented 2018-03-19 18:19:58 -0700
Thank you for your confirmation that you support father’s paying interest for 40 years to pay back child support for missing only 5 years. Even when they didn’t have a job or where incarcerated. Until now nobody took credit for this horrible policy. Now I have a monster to pin this policy to. I will do everything in my power to let Everybody know how you are against men. Thank you…Ps check out your Wikipedia page.
commented 2018-03-10 14:48:10 -0800
I have information relating to state corruption and unlawful acts committed against me
commented 2018-02-21 07:26:56 -0800
The people that work for/with the Affordable Care , need to be better trained , when explaining to people on how to navigate the system. I was mislead on the second half of the program/payment.
commented 2018-02-16 15:35:18 -0800
Dear Senator Whitmire,


I’m a student at Tarrant County College contacting you to do a brief interview over the phone about the Sandra Bland Act. Please contact by 2/21/18, it will not take no longer then 30 minutes thank you for your time.


regards,


Michael Newton
commented 2018-02-14 09:36:00 -0800
Hello,


This is Free Press Houston Managing Editor Daniel Renfrow. I’m contacting you guys because I would like to do a brief phone interview with Sen. Whitmire. I’ve already interviewed his primary opponent Damian LaCroix, so I would love to be able to do an interview with Sen. Whitmire as well. I would like to post both of these Q&As on our website sometime next week, so if he could fit me into his schedule sometime early next week that would be fantastic. I will only need about 20 minutes of his time.


Regards,


Daniel Renfrow
commented 2018-02-07 15:26:32 -0800
Dear Senator Whitmire, , I want you to know that I am enthusiastically endorsing you in the upcoming Democratic Primary. Prior to Early Voting, at each election I walk my precinct 037 in Montrose with my volunteers, distributing a flyer with my list of endorsements. You will be prominently featured in my flyer. I print and distribute these flyers on my own. If I can, I will also make a donation to your campaign. Please feel free to use my name as your enthusiastic supporter, and thank you so much for your hard work for the people of SD 15.

Very sincerely,

Bill Galbraith

Democratic Chair, Precinct 037

(713) 522-9972
commented 2018-02-02 10:42:40 -0800
Dear Representative John Whitmire:


As students of Bob Lanier Middle School, who care about the future of our education and our public school system, we would like to invite you to our Town Hall Meeting. This meeting would address our concerns pertaining to our schooling and that of all schools in the Houston Independent School District.


This meeting will be held on February 21, 2018 in the auditorium of Bob Lanier Middle School (2600 Woodhead Houston, TX 77098-1534). It will begin promptly at 10:15 and end at 12 noon.


Students have been working on their speeches for several months, and we would like you to come hear our concerns in the hopes that you can help us address these issues:


Excessive standardized testing


Overcrowded classrooms


Need for a curriculum with real life applications


Need for district-wide guidelines for the amount of homework


Lunch options


Among other concerns


Your presence at this meeting is very important to us. We appreciate your favorable consideration in this matter and look forward to your response as well as following up over the phone.


Sincerely,

Nushana Huq

Student Representatives for the Lanier Middle School Town Hall Meeting
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commented 2018-01-08 23:29:25 -0800
Re: Criminal Justice reform – Austraila

Dear John,

I had a fantastic criminal justice reform fact finding trip to the United States in April. Unfortunately I was unable to get to Houston. I just wanted to say that I am in awe of all the incredible work you and Jerry Madden did in Texas. Australia is at an unfortunate tiping point so we have a lot to learn from you all. All the very best with you ongoing efforts.

Regards

David Robertson


I met with the following organisations:


Public Welfare Foundation


Prison Fellowship


Addiction Policy Forum


Coalition for Public Safety


Families Against Mandatory Minimums


Justice Action Network


Freedom Works


Right on Crime


Charles Koch Foundation


Steve Teles – John Hopkins Uni


Vera institute


Pew Public Safety Project – Adam Gelb


Georgian Crime Commission


Southern Human Rights Centre


Jerry Madden – former Chairperson of Corrections in Texas ( congressman)
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commented 2018-01-02 12:22:37 -0800
Mr Whitmire i am writing this in reference to the Terrell Unit in Rosharon Texas. My husband has just been sent to this unit he is dying of liver cancer i am just going to quote what he wrote me in a letter.“this is the filthiest place i have ever been, in the prison system and i have been in a lot of prisons that texas has to offer. It is rodent and roach infested, no plumbing, no hot water in the chow hall, the trays and silverware are nasty, the walk in cooler doesn’t work properly it won’t even keep eggs. Everyone is fighting over toilet paper and bath soap which they give out on Friday it is now Wednesday night no toilet paper. These people here don’t care they just look at you and say i don’t know and laugh” Sir John has never complained about much since he has been there no need to but this time it is a health issue and like i said he already has liver cancer and his immune system is way down and i would prefer it if he didn’t die in there because of pure negligence on the part of the state of Texas. I have been dealing with Texas prison system for many years as my son is also incarcerated and although they deserve to b there for what they have done they in no way deserve to have to live like this. Dogs are treated better in the dog pound. I have been trying to get him out on medical parole because he has been given 3-6 months to live but as i was told they won’t let him out until he is on his death bed you will be lucky if he lives a couple days when they let him out if he even gets out before he dies. This is crazy our prisons are over crowded and yes he is in there on dwi he can no longer drive because of seizures, nor drink because of liver cancer and i for the life of me do not understand why he is not allowed to come home and die with his family it is not like he killed anyone or did some horrible crime rape child molestation etc please help me to get this prison unit at least up to health and sanitation standards and i would really appreciate it if you could help me get my husband out before he dies just in the last month they have found another grapefruit size cancer on his liver he has grandchildren he has never met and we have a 14 year old grand daughter that has lived with us since birth and how do i explain to her that her paw is gonna die in prison he is the only man (father figure) she has ever had he has taught her so much how to fish, clean them, work on vehicles, punch a punching bag, defend herself he really isn’t a bad person alcoholic yes but not a mean one and he needed help not prison please i beg of you to help me get him out for our grand daughter her best friend just shot and killed herself over cyber bullying and she really needs John right now i don’t know what she might do if he was to die in there i already have her seeing a counselor over all of this thank you very much for your time and consideration into this matter.

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sincerely,

Tammy Rhodes


commented 2017-12-26 16:36:45 -0800
Hi John,

Just wanted to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.

I’m from Vancouver, BC – but originally from Singapore. I work in Vancouver as a pharmacist. Thank you for all that you do in Houston. I appreciate you.

best for 2018. Victor
commented 2017-10-31 18:35:03 -0700
Dear Senator:

My name is Jim Freeman and I run a non profit called Conviction Yoga (“CY”). CY has been taking yoga and meditation into TDCJ since 2013. We are currently in 2 male units and one female unit, and will be starting at two more units in the very near future.

A colleague named Katie Cardenas suggested that I contact you. At CY we believe that yoga for inmates is on the cutting edge of rehabilitation. The discipline and self control that the inmates learn in our classes is ideal for this population. I would love to discuss our program with you in person.
commented 2017-10-27 09:44:52 -0700
1. Why is it that no on death row

2. Who made the Policies

3. Do you know there are Abuse, Discrimination and Retaliation to the Officers as well as the Inmates

4. Are you awae of how they promotes

5. Do you know that kitchen bosses little money on food so they can get big

bonus and also cook bad food

6. Do you know the sex vanderda that goes on in most or all the units

7. Do you know that one officer, once a Sgt. committed suicide as the result

of the rank abuse

8. Do you officers stands on their feet 8 hours 45 minutes to 12 hours with

only one 15 minutes break for the 8 hour 45 minutes and only one 30

minutes for the 12 hour shift.

9. Why do they have to touch officers and staffs booty and boobs in terms

of search

10. Regional Director for Region one, Mr. O’Hare said that, the mission

statement is a fake that we should not practice it

I have plenty to say but stop here for now
commented 2017-10-27 07:22:16 -0700
1. Why is it that no on death row

2. Who made the Policies

3. Do you know there are Abuse to the Officers as well as the Inmates

4. Are you awae of how they promotes

5. Do you know that kitchen bosses little money on food so they can get big

bonus and also cook bad food

6. Do you know the sex vanderda that goes on in most or all the units

7. Do you know that one officer, once a Sgt. committed suicide as the result

of the rank abuse

8. Do you officers stands on their feet 8 hours 45 minutes to 12 hours with

only one 15 minutes break for the 8 hour 45 minutes and only one 30

minutes for the 12 hour shift.

9. Why do they have to touch officers and staffs booty and boobs in terms

of search

10. Regional Director for Region one, Mr. O’Hare said that, the mission

statement is a fake that we should not practice it

I have plenty to say but stop here for now
commented 2017-10-10 14:02:50 -0700
Senator John Whitmire: I sent McRaven a letter in February this year. It included a package of info relating to a book currently being written by Raul Herrera, Vietnam Swift Boat sailor and active member of Swift boat Sailors Association. I was requesting that the Navy veteran would consider endorsing the book. Having received no response after three months, I called his office in May and learned that the package had been misplaced.

The staff person whom I spoke with seemed nervous and rushed after apologizing. To date, I have not received any commo from McRaven.

I’m not impressed and feel that he is a most unprofessional man in the wrong post at the university.

Stay on him senator. He’s not the person for the chancellor’s job.

The man is just riding on the coat tails of his alleged Seal Team 6 fame.

I lived in Harris County for 35 years until I moved back to San Antonio.

You have done a great job for Harris County residents.
commented 2017-10-04 15:06:35 -0700
Hi. I am interested in purchasing a Texas flag flown over the State Capitol, preferably the flag flown on Columbus Day.

It is going to be donated to a charity for Our Savior Lutheran School at the end of this month. I will pay whatever the fee is . Thank you very much
commented 2017-09-23 20:24:55 -0700
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commented 2017-06-25 07:59:07 -0700
Senator Whitmire,

Thank you for passing the bill allowing correctional officers the opportunity to get their concealed carry license for $25. However, there was a community of officers that were excluded. Retirees. After serving this great state, first as a law enforcement officer for 15 years, then as a correctional officer with TDCJ FOR 20 years, I still have to pay $140 to obtain my concealed carry permit. Would you please try to correct this oversight? There are many of us that basically have given the biggest part of our lives to state service, only to be left out when it comes to programs that would greatly benefit us.

Thank you sir,

Ivis A. Teer Jr.

CO5 Retired
commented 2017-06-21 19:50:13 -0700
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commented 2017-05-23 10:03:22 -0700
I am very disappointed in your vote for HB 3287 in the Senate. The bill was touted as a means to protect small brewers from big ones. But it’s only purpose and effect are to increase the control distributors have over every beer sold in Texas. It’s a government-endorsed shakedown of any brewer who controls more than 0.1% of the US beer market. Yes, 1/10th of 1% is now the ceiling of success before Texas breweries are required to pay distributors for the ‘privilege’ of selling you a beer in our taprooms. I may not vote for you opponents in any upcoming elections, but I sure will not be voting FOR you ever again.
commented 2017-05-22 09:50:46 -0700
Opposition to Mr Patrick’s Bathroom Law
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Opposition to Mr Patrick’s Bathroom Law
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