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commented 2016-09-30 11:12:01 -0700
John,

Received your request for fundraiser Nov10th. and am willing to donate but have one question,are you with or against the franchise car dealers in Texas in keeping Tesla out of our great state and keeping them from trying to change our franchise laws.You on our team,or the Tesla team?

Look forward to hearing from you.


Jim Janke

President Tommie Vaughn Ford “In the Heights”
commented 2016-09-29 16:41:39 -0700
commented 2016-09-12 14:17:04 -0700
Dear Senator Whitmire,

Having read the Houston Chronicle’s article on the Texas Education Agency’s decision to deny special education rights and services to the children of the state of Texas, please tell us what steps you and your office are taking to bring this issue forward and ending this shameful practice.
commented 2016-09-10 08:40:53 -0700
Senator Whitmire:


I would like to ask a simple question of you. How does someone playing daily fantasy football online infringe upon the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness of anyone else in Texas?


If you cannot answer this question, which should be the FIRST, and often times ONLY, question a lawmaker should ask when implementing laws, than you all are not working for the people, you are working for the special interests of lobbyists. Texas is supposed to be better then this.


I await your answer.

Tom
commented 2016-09-08 15:40:15 -0700
Dear Mr. Whitmire:

I was released from TDCJ-I’D on 8/30/2016 after serving more than 7 years. I

Was never given my $50.00 check or my ID, birth cirtificate, or SS card. The 83rd legisture required this. I know that these items were available but still I was refused them. Why? Also I was given a major reconstructive back surgery just 35 days ago while in prison. I can’t get any help and I am basically suffering. I just don’t know what to do. Please help me, please! I am living with my elderly mother who really can’ t afford to help me with money. I am sorry to have to ask for assistance but I need that check. I also don’t know what to do about the F I – 5 classes that I am required to attend because I can’t sit up for hours at a time. I am really trying, and my parole officer is trying to work with me but I need a doctor’s letter proving that I can not sit for long periods of time. I am having trouble with this because I don’t have money for a doctor. The TDCJ – ID authorities were supposed to have taken me back to UTMB for surgery 3 years earlier. Now, they just threw me out the door a broken man. Why? How can they justify what they did? I am in a very bad situation. I can’t get emergency SSI, medicade, or any help, other than food stamps. I can not rely on only that. What am I going to do? Please look into this and at least try to help me, please. I do not ever want to come back to prison. You have always been an advocate for prisoner reform. How can I reform myself with such treatment? I want so much to do all the right things and never become incarcerated again. I simply refuse to ever go back to prison again! Please help me figure something out. I need medical attention and intervention about the matter that I can not sit to attend the F l- 5 classes. I need money to assure that I can meet my needs. I realize you are extreme busy and I will very much appreciate any help in these matters.

Respectfully

Jimmie M Parrott,Jr.

TDCJ-id#1621310


Address: 25668 Black Street

Splendora, Texas 77372
commented 2016-08-27 16:45:10 -0700
Senator Whitmire & Staff: Your office helped me with H.B. 957 in 76th Leg. R to full enactment signed into law by then Gov. Geo. W. Bush. I need help with another major effort to upgrade the process & procedure in Texas for the Law Enforcement technique created by NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety & Divided Attention Evaluation for DWI-DUI Interdiction. This course is able to establish the two elements of the offense and will provide a prosecutable basis to convict w/o the need for the archaic and outdated B.A.C. procedure and measurement. Please allow me to establish contact with your office staff so this program can be brought to fruition. The NHTSA Course transition would require District & County Attorneys as well Jurists to be trained and become familiar with the merits of this procedure. Many officers are already receiving this training but their agencies cannot use it due to the unwillingness of criminal justice personnel to accept any case report w/o a B.A.C. score card. I have submitted cases using this technique and found it to be very effective in negating the defense to the offense.
commented 2016-08-20 16:14:37 -0700
SENATOR JOHN WHITMIRE, I HAVE A FRIEND WHO IS TURNING 100 YEARS OLD SEPT 6, 2016. I WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO SEND HER A CONGRATULATION LETTER. SHE IS A RETIRED HISD PRINCIPLE.

JUST SO YOU WILL SMILE, SHE GAVE ME THREE SWATS IN THE 6TH GRADE.


SHE IS MRS EDNA GOETTEE. (WHILE YOU ARE NOT MY STATE SENATOR, YOU ARE HERS, THOUGHT I BETTER ADD THAT.)


AND I AM ELZA H SMITH JR

13006 HIDDEN CASTLE DRIVE

HOUSTON, TEXAS

77015 – 2008


WE ARE PLANNING A PARTY FOR HER, IF YOU WOULD SEND YOUR CONGRATULATION LETTER, TO MY ADDRESS I WILL PRESENT IT AT HER PARTY.


SENATOR, IF YOU TAKE CARE OF THIS LITTLE MATTER FOR ME,

I WILL DANCE AT YOUR NEXT WEDDING, IF ASK. SMILE


I THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, FOR TIME AND TROUBLE IN MY REQUEST. THANKS AGAIN


ELZA
commented 2016-08-17 18:04:57 -0700
Senator Whitmire, Thank you for ALL that you do for us at the State Capital. You & your staff work tirelessly (during the legislative session). It is VERY much appreciated. Thank you!
commented 2016-08-17 18:04:57 -0700
Senator Whitmire, Thank you for ALL that you do for us at the State Capital. You & your staff work tirelessly (during the legislative session). It is VERY much appreciated. Thank you!
commented 2016-08-17 18:04:56 -0700
Senator Whitmire, Thank you for ALL that you do for us at the State Capital. You & your staff work tirelessly (during the legislative session). It is VERY much appreciated. Thank you!
commented 2016-08-15 20:46:41 -0700
Why does an organization like TIFA have to get petitions drafted in hopes of getting someone’s attention about deplorable conditions in our prisons? Inmates are still people and they are loved. the pigs the inmates tend had their pig pens air conditioned with $70,000.00 of our tax dollars. Can our loved ones at least get ceiling fans???

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/heat-kills-in-texas-prisons-stoptheheat?source=TIFAMail Senator Whitmire, is there an answer? What else can we do but petition to you, our elected official in charge of overseeing Texas prisons?
commented 2016-08-14 11:12:22 -0700
commented 2016-08-05 09:28:04 -0700
The Honorable Senator John Whitmire, Chair of the Criminal Justice Committee


I have a Medical Emergency for my sister, a TDCJ inmate at the Hilltop Unit, Gatesville, TX. MEDICAL EMERGENCY, PLEASE HELP
commented 2016-08-02 12:47:02 -0700
commented 2016-07-11 09:20:46 -0700
commented 2016-06-23 13:36:14 -0700
No air in bartlett state prison bartlett Texas inmates are suffering badly please help !!!! My husband has had heat problems and no one will help this matter they have no air it’s bad .
commented 2016-06-23 13:36:14 -0700
No air in bartlett state prison bartlett Texas inmates are suffering badly please help !!!! My husband has had heat problems and no one will help this matter they have no air it’s bad .
commented 2016-06-23 13:36:13 -0700
No air in bartlett state prison bartlett Texas inmates are suffering badly please help !!!! My husband has had heat problems and no one will help this matter they have no air it’s bad .
commented 2016-06-19 21:41:19 -0700
I need help getting a judge to release my husband when all his fines are paid off. He is in a hell hole with no air please can you help me his wife is concerned . 18 months for $160.oo ….please help
commented 2016-05-21 16:41:05 -0700
Dear Senator Whitmire,


My nephew, Jonathan Jones is an inmate at the Robertson Unit serving a sixty year sentence for criminal sexual assault of a stepdaughter who was thirteen when she made her outcry. She made a recantation statement admitting she lied ten days after her outcry, underwent a forensic medical exam showing her to have no signs of sexual assault with an intact hymen. She was angry with Mr. Jones because he was making her clean her room.


There is no evidence of assault other than the initial outcry and the alleged victim changed her story every time she told it. Mr. Michael Fouts, the prosecutor of Throckmorton County chose to call a grand jury to indict Mr. Jones anyway. He and the defense counsel, Mr. James David Wimberley, Jr., worked together to coerce Mr. Jones into pleading guilty in a plea agreement with impossible probation stipulations. Mr. Jones was unaware of the recantation statement and the forensic medical exam. Mr. Jones subsequently violated probation and is now serving sixty years for a crime where the victim admitted she lied and had never had sexual intercourse!


I contacted the State Bar and asked them if there was a time limit on complaints regarding attorneys (my nephew has been incarcerated six years) and was told there was no time limit. I submitted a twenty page complaint concerning Mr. Wimberley’s ineffective assistance of counsel. The State Bar then sent me a letter saying in effect, too bad, it was too long ago.


Mr. Jones, lacking a lawyer, and attempting to be his own jailhouse lawyer has screwed up his appeals. I’ve had him apply with Texas Innocence Project which will probably take years. My question to you is there any recourse for what I believe to be malicious prosecution by a prosecutor who has precious little to do and an attorney who threw his client under the bus?


I know you hear this kind of thing all the time, but really, can anything be done? Thank you for your time.


Stacy Harrington
commented 2016-05-20 07:53:55 -0700
Dear Sir,

I should begin this message by sending you sincere greetings from London in the UK! I had the pleasure of already contacting you some months ago, and my previous message (like this one) concerned Mr Gregory D Bryant, a friend of mine from Houston, currently serving a prison sentence in the Hughes Unit in Texas for a crime which I wholeheartedly believe he did not commit. I believe that Gregory has written to you again concerning his conviction and possibility of having it overturned…… There is no need for me to repeat here and now any of the specifics of his grounds for appeal, but I would ask you to give his letter – and his plea for justice – your serious attention, as and when this may be possible. I still believe that it is better for ten guilty men to walk free, rather than one innocent man to be wrongfully punished!


With all best regards,


Alan Mills
commented 2016-05-15 09:04:21 -0700
The Houston district attorney office needs to be investigated for over stepping their boundaries. I know of 3 women at The Crain Unit that the DA has put in their file for them to serve a certain amount of time before being paroled. Isn’t that the job for the judge to decide? Susan Estrada 1643794 should have made parole by her second interview. This is her first time in prison and she doesn’t belong there. I know most women do. But there is a handful that are still there due to an over zealous DA. Kathleen Rossi 182937 should have been paroled at the least last year. But due to an over zealous DA putting in her file how long HE thinks she should be there. Both women are still there. The DA does not take in consideration what these women have and are going through. Both women are first offenders. They have taken full responsibility and have remorse. Please, do something so the DA cannot put in a file where a person has to do more time than they should. The DA is not the judge or the parole board.

Thank you for your time. If you cannot help me change this wrong into a right so these ladies can come home, will you direct me to where I need to go.

Sincerely,

Cheryl K Moore
commented 2016-05-04 08:56:52 -0700
Dear Honorable Sensor John Whitmire,

I am a member of the Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief volunteering here in Houston, TX.

We are currently working at the home of a WW2 war veteran whose house was flooded. His daughter is trying to get him assistance with his medical needs and also with the repairs needed on his home, which sustained considerable floor damage.

I would appreciate any help you could provide me with so that this wonderful man, who sacrificed so much for his country, can live comfortably.

Thank you so much,

Marilyn Halmes
commented 2016-04-28 10:43:02 -0700
Dear Honorable Senator John Whitmire:


I hope that this email finds you well. My name is Verna D. Johnson and I am a first year student in the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston and I am also a constituent in your district. I am a Macro concentration student, specializing in Political Social Work. Currently, I am enrolled in an Advanced Social Policy Analysis course. In this course we identify social problems, define the problem, discuss policy that is implemented to address the problem, the policy implications, implementation and consequences and we also do comparative analyses, advocacy and political engagement projects. Doing research about policy, particularly policies that addresses issues that are important to me as woman and as a soon to be Social Worker has been more than enlightening. The course content and design has planted a seed and fostered a desire in me to learn more about policy and policy analysis. This course has also allowed me to work on an issue that I am very passionate about. Which leads me to why I am contacting you.


I am currently researching Economic Abuse and Employment Protection laws for victims of domestic violence. As you may or may not be aware of many of the needs that survivors desperately require to continue after or even during an abusive relationship, outside of counseling are financial resources. In my previous research, I learned that economic self-efficacy is imperative to economic self-sufficiency. I also discovered that economic self-sufficiency is greatly impacted by economic abuse. During the semester, I have been researching states that have laws that protect the employment rights of victims of domestic violence. Additionally, most of the employment protection laws are enforced by the states’ labor department, department of industrial relations or some department related to labor.


It is my hope that as part of the new platform after the November election and the Texas Legislature being in session in January 2017. Many elected officials like yourself will examine the impact that domestic violence has on the community, victims and children well-being, both economically and psychologically. Economic abuse can increase in poverty, unemployment rate, and health related issues, among women. With the recent murders of Dominique Tibideaux and Estela Hernandez domestic violence killings are rising. According to statistics from the Texas Council on Family Violence, 132 women were killed by a male intimate partner in Texas last year. Twenty-three were in Harris County and 43 of those women had ended the relationship. Victims often feel trapped due to lack of resources, because of economic abuse, which can include, employment sabotage, refusal to pay child support or controlling all of the finances. Creating employment protection laws could assist victims in obtaining or remaining economically self-sufficient.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.


Once again, thank you in advance.


Sincerely,


Verna D. Johnson
commented 2016-04-23 08:41:22 -0700
Dear Senator Whitmire,


The Houston Apartment Association told us viewers via a KHOU News segment that tenants are “expected” to pay their rent even if they were forced out of their units because of the flooding. I found this statement to be insulting. But from their point of view, its justifiable because of the multi page TAA lease agreement that is riddled with too many legalities that are in favor of the property owners (and the HAA members)


Its the result of the TAA having too much power as lobbyists.


What we need sir is a change in state law that over rides these citations in fancy and complicated lease agreements. Who in the hell deserves to pay rent money when the unit is unlivable? Why would property owners believe they are entitled to rent money, if their units are unlivable? But the HAA thinks otherwise! Please fix this greedy ideology that undoubtedly was created by the TAA. Texas is a christian state and we take care of our own. Additionally, please ensure that in the future neither the TAA or HAA gets any help from the state legislatures in creating one sided greedy laws!!


thank you


Ben Munguia, military vet.


ps: the no sales tax to help disaster victims was/is a damn good idea – a christian one!

cc: mayor turner, houston texas
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commented 2016-04-22 20:34:54 -0700
I thought you might be interested in an article I’ve recently written in the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/04/08/why-i-refuse-to-send-people-to-jail-for-failure-to-pay-fines/
commented 2016-04-19 15:30:15 -0700
I’m in need of a civil attorney for precinit 7 shooting my son Rickie Cooper in his back on 11/14/14 . They had all kinds of wrongfully charges when they beech him back to nearly killed me. That was a lie they didn’t want the family &etc. to please help .I’m off on Mondays can i come talk with you please . i can explain in person with papers to show. his priors has nothing to do with Taft Foley sent papering stating his past history. My son couldn’t walk & i called you about the colonostomy bag to be remove. Please any Monday is fine with me @ your time . Thank you so much
commented 2016-04-18 13:04:16 -0700
Sen. Whitmire,


Sir, my wife is a first time offender with a money crime and is non violent. I have copy an article she has written while waiting for parole to review her for the 4th time.


Abuse within the Parole Board?


Is the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole abusing offenders? It was determined years ago that a punch does not have to land nor a kick be felt for abuse to be present. Texas Department of Criminal Justice offenders are told almost immediately following sentencing, “If you do everything you are supposed to do, take the classes they offer and behave yourself, you will be home in NO TIME,” especially if you are a first time offender of a non-violent crime. That is the beginning of the mental abuse, giving offenders the false hope that their actions have a positive influence with the parole board. Year after year of no disciplinary cases, endless behavioral reform classes and working day in and day out with the motivation of proving to the parole board that you have changed, you understand the grave error of your actions, and you know how to obey the rules of TDCJ exhibiting that you will obey the laws of the land. You live everyday counting down the days until your file is opened and you are in parole review. Everything lines up and points to a going home answer. After all, others with longer sentences and less time served have gone home. Others with extensive criminal history with less time served have gone home. Others who have received case after case after case for bad behavior have gone home. Surely a first time offender with the amount of time you have done, the reward for good behavior, diligent work and classes attended will have a going home answer. The answer comes in and… denied. Your next review will be in a year. The devastation rolls in. The questions start, “What more can I do? Why them and not me? How much time is enough?”

The mental anguish is not much different than that of a child who is grounded but is told that if they behave and do everything they are told they can go outside. When they ask to go outside, they are beat. Then they are told if they do everything right they can go tomorrow. However, when tomorrow comes they are beat again. Day after day, they hope only to be destroyed. Year after year, you hope only to be destroyed.

Offenders start to live in a state of hopelessness. Why should you even hope that this year is the year? The devastation of the denial is less poignant if you don’t actually believe you are going home. But if you don’t have the hope of going home, what do you have? Each day is utterly desolate without the hope, the belief that your freedom is imminent. Why hope? So parole can rip your world apart again and again with no apparent rhyme or reason. But you hope anyway because, surely, they have to let you go home one year. At some point enough time is enough. Every year you wait to see if you will once again get beat down or if your number will come up in the lottery of parole.

There is no better definition of the effects of the parole review process than psychological abuse. Every year you hope and dream of going home, the ultimate reward. You do everything just right only to have your family and loved ones ripped from your grasp and held away from you again. The torture of having your freedom dangled in front of you year after year only to have it yanked away even though you have done everything possible and exhibited reformed and rehabilitated behavior is excruciating. The pain and suffering that we watch our families and loved ones go through year after year, hoping and expecting to have us come home only to be stomped on and denied their loved ones is unbearable.


A judge sentences you. The length of the sentence is based on facts and evidence in your case. Based on the length of your sentence, you are eligible for parole after a specific time period. During your sentence, you are credited with good time as well as work time, giving false hope that with the time served and the time credited you will earn the ability to be released on your projected release date. The illusion is if you do everything you are supposed to do, based on the original facts and evidence and the sentence imparted by the judge you will be released on parole before or at your projected release date. The truth is the parole board denies release based on the limited facts available to them and the equally limited time devoted to the review of said facts they decide that more time should be served that that which was originally intended at sentencing.

The mental abuse, pain and suffering of the current parole review process are extreme and long reaching. The permanent emotional scarring is not only inflicted on the offender but also the family and loved ones of the offender, the true victims of the warped and broken Texas Board of Pardons and Parole.

- Maria Henry

TDCJ #1815716

Bridgeport PPT

222 Lake Rd.

Bridgeport, TX 76426


Thank You


Chris Henry
commented 2016-04-17 12:16:53 -0700
Dear Mr Whitmire,

I am writing to you for help for my brother who is at Boyd unit in Teague TX.

He has been experiencing what I believe is a thyroid issue because it runs in my family of 8. He hasn’t slept in 9 days straight and is experiencing frozen hands and feet, a constant surge of adrenalin causing him to be awake for days, he has lost almost 20 pounds and having some pain in his back.

He has written many requests for help and also been to the medical unit there 6 times. My brother has been in prison for 20+ years and never once went to medical for help until now. He is being ignored and told he is lying.

I have called all officials there and they keep telling me that they will be in it but in three days now nothing has happened and I’m afraid he will end up dying there if he doesn’t get help soon. My husband advised me to contact you in hopes that someone will care enough for his well being. He hasn’t been written up for anything, does his time and is hoping to go to the feds soon to finish his last few years out so he can go home. I flew out from Nevada yesterday morning in an emergency visit , spoke to warden Tilley face to face and he told me she doesn’t deal with medical and we have done all we can do. She then proceeded to mock me in front of her guards. I have been respectful and now I am getting angry. I told her that if he doesn’t get the help he needs I would be contacting a lawyer and she told me to do what I needed to do but she doesn’t deal with those things.I found her attitude to be very rude when I haven’t done or said anything disrespectful or mean in any way. I just don’t want my brother to die. He needs to get a blood hormone panel done to see what he needs to be taking to get this to stop. He’s only asking they do this blood test, nothing more. I feel like I have come out here for nothing because I’m not being taken serious but if he does or ends up with permanent organ damage I believe I will have a solid case concerning this issue. I’m not out for hurting anyone or wanting to sue for money I just want my brother to be ok. But God forbid that’s the route I’ll have to go if what I fear will happend does.

I am also a Christian and a Baptist and I believe God has allowed me to be here for the help he needs. God allowed me to meet a woman who’s husband is in the same dorm as my brother and get a hold of me on facebook because he believes he is going to die soon if he doesn’t get help. He has even written a few letters to my other brothers and mother in case it does. He is very intelligent and doesn’t get into trouble. His name is. Mark Xinidakis and he just needs someone who cares if he lives or dies . I know God has gotten me this far but I’m still being ignored and even mocked. I don’t know much about the prison system but I know that they shouldn’t be allowing this to continue and ignoring my cry for help and also my mother’s .

Please help in any way that you can. Like I said , I’m not trying to hurt anyone I just don’t want the next time I see my oldest brother to be in a coffin.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter, I pray that somehow he will get the help he needs before its too late. I’m trusting God is working :)

Sincerely,

Rebecca Xinidakis Leahy
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