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Testamentum Imperium
International  Theological Journal

Lydia's Porch - Virginia Haynes

Woodville Lions Club 

How We Saved Texas Prison Chaplaincy 2011

Character Counts

Heart of Living God

Heaven - Treasures  

Ocean Devotions

Would You Lie to Save a Life?

Precious Heart - Broken Heart

Queen of Prison Ministry

Fringes of Freedom


 

Second Edition (May 2023)
When Texas Prison Scams Religion
Texas Board of Criminal Justice's
25-Year Legacy of Cover Ups

A Dissertation on Trust & Evangelical
Naïveté

Stop the Fools' Parade of State Ordination of Child Torturers &
the Executive Culture Cultivating This for 25 Years--Lately Led by Bryan Collier

Michael G. Maness

 

Volume 7. Killing Professional Chaplaincy Series

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most comprehensive collection of documents of nefariousness in TDCJ's Programs Division
 over 30 years in Texas history 

 "TDCJ Delusion Letter II--Collier Special" 4-1-24 to 115 Stakeholders
TDCJ Dir. Bryan Collier is planning to retire soon under the delusion of honor,
largely due to the TBCJ's refusal to hold Collier accountable for nefarious
by several TDCJ officials, some going back 30 years, as Collier & TBCJ
model the TDCJ after the most scandal-ridden warden in penal history

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    "The book is clearly one of the most unique and interesting books I have ever read about religion in prison.  What is the best part of the book is the extensive research and citation list that is included.  It includes probably every legitimate cite about the subject that has been written in the last 50 years. Whether you agree with the major premise of the book or not, any person who cares about the topic would benefit from its contents."

        
Harry R. Dammer, Ph.D.
         Professor of Criminology & Associate Dean
            College of Education & Social Services
            St. Leo's University, FL
              previously of University of Scranton, PA

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    "I received copies of your book (both editions), and I congratulate you on the prodigious efforts you put into this. The arguments seem to be very persuasive.
     "Congratulations on your important work."

        
Randall Balmer
        John Phillips Professor in Religion

             Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH  

     
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"16 Killings" Letter to 100+ Stakeholders - 16 Killings in TDCJ 9-20-2023  ~
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Seven Books Contents

TRUST Is the Engine of Civilization … times seven

Nefarious … defined  ... ii

Defense Against Killing Professional Chaplaincy Series  ... vii

Abbreviations ... viii

Seven Books Contents  ... ix20-

Principles, Charts, Excursuses ... xi

Detailed Contents  ... xiii

Preface:  Lay of the Land of Culture Scams & Cover Ups   ... xxiv

Historical Introduction:  TDCJ’s Vengeance, Cover Ups, and Fairness  ... 1

Technical Introduction:  Freedom of Conscience KEY to Authenticity ... 38

BOOK 1.  Science of Love’s Treasure, Psychopath’s Vacuity,  & Culture of Fairness 

   > TDCJ’s GREATEST Needs:  Love, Seeing Psychopaths, Fairness 

   > Trust Is the Engine of Civilization, and Prison Efficacy Depends upon Trust  ... 46

Chapter 1.  What Is Love? … What Is Dread?  ... 47

Chapter 2.  Psychopath Field Ministers—How Many?  ... 73

Chapter 3.  What Is Science? … Fairness? … Professor Milgram’s View?  ... 116

BOOK 2.  Is Warden Burl Cain the Best in Penal History or Not? 

   > TDCJ’s WORST Model from MOST Controversial 

   > Trust Is the Engine of Civilization, and Betraying Trust Seeds Criminality ...  140

Chapter 4.  Who Is Warden Burl Cain?—The Best Warden Ever?  ... 141

Chapter 5.  Daniel Bergner—Who Warden Cain Tried to Extort  ... 175

Chapter 6.  Angola Lifer Wilbert Rideau, Free at Last  ... 187

BOOK 3.  Conservative, Liberal, Evangelical, Christian Dominionism, Constitution’s Culture

   > TDCJ Favors SMALLEST Segment of Society in SMALLEST Circle of Exclusivity

   > Trust Is the Engine of Civilization, and Faking Trust for Religion Corrupts Both ... 200

Chapter 7.  TDCJ Favors Far Right’s Exclusivity vs. USA’s Founding upon Freedom ... 201

      Chapter 7.H.4 Evangelical Failures:  4. Crtique of The Harbinger (2012) by Jonathan Cahn ... 263 

Chapter 8.  Religion Not Against Science … Religion the Mother of Morals & Virtue ... 256

Chapter 9.  Evangelicalism’s Fight for Brains & Survival—TDCJ too  ... 275

Chapter 10.  Christian Dominionism’s Concentric Circles of Exclusivity  ... 318

Chapter 11.  U.S. & Texas Constitutions Against the Heart of Texas Foundation  ... 335

BOOK 4.  Culture of Norwood’s Tragedy, Marriage, & Incapacity for PEER Anything 

   > TDCJ’s WORST Peer Program 

   > Trust Is the Engine of Civilization, and Naïve Trust Delays Maturity  ... 348

Chapter 12.  Norwood’s Message & Dog that Didn’t Bark  ... 349

Chapter 13.  Dr. Brenna Whitley-Norwood & Erik Erikson’s Eight Stages  ... 383

Chapter 14.  Norwood’s Old-Young Marriage versus SBC Baptist Standards ... 401

BOOK 5.  Prisonization Confounds Culture &  Kills Authenticity of Favored Faith 

   > TDCJ’s ASSAULT on Authentic Faith 

   > Trust Is the Engine of Civilization, and Misplaced Trust Confounds Mentoring ... 422

Chapter 15.  “Ghost” of Prison, Trust the Engine of Civilization, & “Prisonization” ... 423

Chapter 16.  Fairness & Authenticity Flies Away with Indenturing Prisoners  ... 459

Chapter 17.  Chaplaincy—Transparency—Freedom of Speech—Soul of the Prison ... 471

BOOK 6.  Prison Rehabilitation Culture vs. Big Bucks 

   > TDCJ’s WORST Integrity Compromises  

   > Trust Is the Engine of Civilization, and Compromised Trust Inhibits Honesty  ... 488

Chapter 18.  Compromised TBCJ Pastor Larry Miles & RPD Sleight of Hand Again ... 489
See Open Records response--No Volunteer Stats for Miles, yet he is said by
TDCJ's legal to have access, confirming zero accountability.  
www.PreciousHeart.net/Miles-No-Stats.pdf

Chapter 19.  Federal Mandates & TDCJ’s Gordian Knot of Entanglement ... 504

Chapter 20.  Big Bucks & Political Capital Cutting Up Integrity  ... 518

Chapter 21.  Marketers vs. True Reformers in Prison Rehabilitation History  ... 546

BOOK 7.  Psychopath’s Golden Goose Culture, Masturbating Ministers, Frog-to-Prince Studies

   > TDCJ’s Ugly HOSTILITY to History & Analysis  

   > Trust Is the Engine of Civilization, and Twisting Trust for Sex or Science Sickens All ... 570

Chapter 22.  Don’t Blame the Lifers for Guarding Their Golden Goose Farm  ... 571

Chapter 23.  Rape, Sex, Masturbating Ministers, & the Madman  ...  585

Chapter 24.  ISR Johnson’s Team Kisses a Frog into a Prince—Twice  ...  642

Chapter 25.  Crying in the Chapel  ...  686

Cultural Conclusion … Fairness—Open Prisons or Abolish Many IF  ... 702

The End – Facilitate Religion Fairly  ... 714

Appendix 1.  Seminary Speaker Transcripts  ... 716
See transcripts here:  www.PreciousHeart.net/Appendix-1-Transcripts.pdf  è

Introduction to Transcripts

The online PDF has active links to their videos and other sites. We planned to include the full transcripts, but it ran to over 100 pages. We wanted to preserve them, in case the hosts decided to delete the videos after this book’s exposures, not unreasonable if one views the docs on cover up and ignorance on psychopathy. On the NOBTS upload, their naïveté is scary: after 20 years, they chose Biermann from hundreds. The five NOBTS videos were uploaded to YouTube by Claude V. King, which adds naïveté. Of all, Biermann exhibits the marks of a psychopath: absence of empathy, poorest pastoral care, and more, revealing the 20-year-old NOBTS’s deep naïveté on all three: psychopathy, genuine empathy, and quality pastoral care.  Terrible seminary naïveté!

1.  Texas Gov. Rick Perry Endorses Seminary Program, 9-18-2012, 408 views,  www.YouTube.com/watch?v=ZwwEbJ8fzZQ&t=5s, accessed on 11-10-2020.  

2.  Grove Norwood – 2014 at Freedom Center Church, Missouri City, Texas, 11-14-2014, 118 views, www.YouTube.com/watch?v=ECh2jV2S30A, Norwood  begins at 35:30, accessed at 2-13-2021; about halfway, he shows a video from Four Country Reporter that by got 220,289 views, 731 likes, https://youtu.be/m7Pk2hC3hoM, accessed 3-1-21.

3.  Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick at 2016 HOTF Fundraiser Banquet, Nov 18, 2016, views 202, www.YouTube.com/watch?v=FUpmiU33A1s, accessed 2-13-21.

4.  Exec. Dir. Bryan Collier at 2016 HOTF Fundraiser Banquet, Nov 18, 2016, 344 views, www.YouTube.com/watch?v=TVP-6HJqWYU, accessed 2-13-6-21.

5.  Coffield Warden Jeffrey Catoe at 2016 HOTF Fundraiser Banquet, 11-18-16, https://youtu.be/ELx7l_okuEw, accessed 12-3-21. 

6.  Warden Cain 2010 interview with Sheila Hoekstra at Calvin College’s Inner Compass “Bringing Hope to Prison,” www.YouTube.com/watch?v=zyTfNN8d27k, 27,033 views, 205 likes, accessed 3-7-21. In 2014, Hoogstra became president of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, www.CCCU.org. 

7.  Warden Cain at 2015 “Stronger” Men’s Conference at Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, Texas 3-28-2015, https://youtu.be/Tc0eiCgKHt8, 5,167 views, accessed 3-1-21.

8.  Warden Cain at 2016 Florida Justice Summit V in Florida, 4-14-2016, www.YouTube.com/watch?v=DTvX3UoeNqk, 3,345 views, accessed 3-1-21.

9.  NOBTS Professor John Robson 2017 Seminary Promo

Part 1:  Professor John Robson, Dir. of NOBTS Extension at Angola: Robson at https://vimeo.com/217559694, all at https://vimeo.com/217549452, accessed on 2-13-21, uploaded from LifeWay Christian Resources by Claude V. King, 5-15-17.

Part 2:  Dannie K. Johnson, https://vimeo.com/217575725, accessed 3-14-21.

Part 3:  Kyle M. Hebert, https://vimeo.com/217575497, accessed 3-14-21.

Part 4:  Stanton Easley, https://vimeo.com/217577462, accessed 3-14-21.

Part 5:  Donald Biermann , https://vimeo.com/217575624, accessed 3-14-21.

10.  Prof. Byron Johnson radio interview with Neil Stavem on 8-29-16, https://myfaithradio.com/2016/impact-inmate-led-prison-ministry, accessed 3-3-21.

 

Appendix 2.  “Fall of Burl Cain … Last Side Deal Led to Undoing” —Whole Article  ... 717
reprinted with permission in the book,
Gordon Russell and Maya Lau“Fall of Burl Cain: How 1 Last Side Deal Led to Angola Warden’s Undoing,” The Advocate (Dec. 15, 2015; updated May 20, 2020): which also has a dozen links to previous articles by Russell and Lau on other scandals, TBCJ's and TDCJ Exec. Director Bryan Collier’s model for TDCJ. 
     See also
James Ridgeway's “God’s Own Warden,” Mother Jones (July/August 2011), “If you ever find yourself inside Louisiana’s Angola prison, Burl Cain will make sure you find Jesus—or regret ever crossing his path.”—which Cain slammed in speeches.

Appendix 3.  Experiencing God Phenomenon Not that Extraordinary  ... 723

Appendix 4.  Frog Turns into a Prince versus 75 Professors of Statistics  ... 724

Appendix 5.  Two Messages from Warden Gideon Haynes, 1868  ... 728

Appendix 6.  The Angolite Articles of Note  ... 729

Appendix The LAST:   Revolutionize the Prison Culture—

                          100,000 Mothers’ 1% Certainty Parole Option  ... 734

Bibliography & Resources  ... 739

Index of People  ... 804

LAST WORD—Fantasies Die Hard!  ... 819

Ode to the Oddities of Outing a Few Ornery TDCJ Outlaws  ... 820

Other Books by Author   ... 821

 

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Chart 13. Concentric Cirlces of Christian Exclusivity
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New Preface & Full Tables of Contents  

Full Annotated Bibliography Eratta PDF

 65+ Areas for More Grant-funded Study or Disseratation

"16 Killings" Letter to 100+ Stakeholders - 16 Killings in TDCJ 9-20-2023  ~
and another killing right after systemwide lockdown ~ unbelievable

 "TDCJ Delusion Deposition" Letter 1-15-24 to 115 Stakeholders
outline of 25 years of documents of nefariousness, esp. in Programs Division
directed to new TBCJ Chairman Eric Nichols

 

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"16 Killings" Letter to 100+ Stakeholders - 16 Killings in TDCJ 9-20-2023 
and another killing right after systemwide lockdown ~ unbelievable

 "TDCJ Delusion Deposition" Letter 1-15-24 to 115 Stakeholders
outline of 25 years of documents of nefariousness, esp. in Programs Division
directed to new TBCJ Chairman Eric Nichols

 

Appendix 3. Experiencing God Phenomenon Not that Extraordinary 

Chapter 7.H. Evangelical Failures:  4. Crtique of The Harbinger (2012) by Jonathan Cahn ....

Killing Professional Chaplaincy Series

After dozens of letters, 100s of Open Record requests, three huge books documenting with zero response from major players, what is TDCJ Exec. Dir. Bryan Collier really covering up? .

Volume 1.  2001 – Chaplain Professional Equity and Market Study w Ethical Violations Timeline, www.PreciousHeart.net/chaplaincy/01-Chaplain_Pt_2_Timeline_2001.pdf, with four TDCJ chaplains, I personally delivered this 100-page treatise to TDCJ Exec. Dir. Gary Johnson that documented many unethical business practices.  It had much of the 2000 Chaplain Professional Equity proposal we used in the 2001 Texas Legislature to gain our first pay raise in 40-plus years, yet with a critical timeline of unethical tweaking of the Chaplaincy Director's job to suit favored applicants, pages 54-65.

Volume 2.  2012 - Faith-Based Housing Letter, www.PreciousHeart.net/Maness-Faith-Based-Housing.pdf, heartfelt 50-page letter to Brad Livingston asking him to meet with a Barry Lynn of the Americans United for Separation of Church and State. It exposes several ethical violations and is the first exposure of the unconstitutional nature of the Seminary Scam. Soon after this, I was persecuted for whistleblowing and forced to retire.

Volume 3.  2013 - TDCJ Book of Secrets on the Longest Cover Up in TDCJ History: Case of the Enchanting Chaplain, 700 pp., 139 MBs, first 100 pages documented how I was set up with falsified documents, then the rest details the vast policy violations at the Polunsky Unit and Michael Upshaw’s cleaning of contraband, clearing of violators, and more. Included were two CDs and a DVD with videos and dozen recorded interviews!  Hard copies to Livingston, OIG, and Texas AG.
See Bryan Collier's three-sentence reply here: Collier-01-21-14-Nothing.

Volume 4.  2015 – How We Saved Texas Prison Chaplaincy 2011—Immeasurable Value of Religion, Volunteers, and Their Chaplains, Forewords by Jerry A. Madden, senior fellow for Right on Crime and 2011 chairman of the Texas House Corrections Committee, and Carol S. Vance, former chairman of Texas Board of Criminal Justice and Harris County District Attorney (1966-79) (AuthorHouse, 2015; 394 pp.), www.preciousheart.net/Saved. We networked across Texas to stop the deletion of TDCJ Chaplaincy which was dead on arrival in the 2011 legislature. In a fight, we saved the entire budget. The appendices show Chaplaincy recovers its operating costs several times over and is the most productive program in RPD: “Chaplains facilitate the greatest source for change and solace in human history—Religion.”

Volume 5.  2017 - TDCJ Book of Secrets Part 2, Goodman Unit Hiring Scam, www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/GoodmanUnit2017.pdf, 180-pg, most detailed audit of a hiring package in TDCJ history showing multiple violations. A white warden hired a white career laundry man over black U.S. Army combat veteran career chaplain!

Volume 6.  2019 - TDCJ Deep State Report:  Case of the Collared Fox, www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/TDCJ-OIG-2019.pdf, 177-page
   - Cover Letters of 1st, 2nd, & 3rd sends to Bryan Collier & 50+ TX Leaders, Jurists, and District Attorneys, www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/Big-50-Send.pdf 

Volume 7.  Revised 2023 - When Texas Prison Scams Religion--TBCJ's 25-year Legacy of Cover Ups, 824 pages, documented from 100's of open record requests and 1,000-plus sources.    

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"16 Killings" Letter to 100+ Stakeholders - 16 Killings in TDCJ 9-20-2023  ~
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TDCJ Psychiatric Care Not Documented ... other Oddities

No #s in TDCJ for ASPD! ... No #s on How Many Prisoners have Antisocial Personality Disorders in TDCJ.  I asked on 3-25-21 “How many prisoners in TDCJ are diagnosed with Antisocial Personality Disorder?” On 4-20-21, the response was “We have no responsive information.”

TBCJ has not made actionable one single public comment in 12-plus years, www.PreciousHeart.net/chaplaincy/TBCJ_2007-2019.pdf   

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The Angolite Articles of Note

The Angolite is an award-winning prisoner-run quarterly magazine of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, better known as Angola, the largest maximmum security prison in the USA, with the largest number of prisoners serving life.

1979 - Wilbert Rideau and Billy Sinclair, The Sexual Jungle,” The Angolite (Nov.–Dec., 1979). The article has been reprinted in all four editions of Burk FosterWilbert Rideau, and Douglas Dennis, eds., The Wall Is Strong: Corrections in Louisiana (Lafayette: Univ of Louisiana at Lafayette, 1991, 4th ed. 2014; 318 pp.), chapter 15, pages 151–176; and in Wilbert Rideau and Ron Wikberg, Life Sentences: Rage and Survival Behind Bars (New York: Random House, 1992), book two, chapter 4, 73–107. 

1981 - Wilbert Rideau, “Religion in Prison,” The Angolite  (Jan/Feb 1981): 21–56. Though titled “Religion in Prison,” the article opens with a vivid description in italics that teases us with a vision of contrasts worthy of Charles Dickens and unique in the literature. Nowhere have I found such a soul-searching piece. Upon contacting The Angolite, they said back then they did not list the authors’ names, but it sounds like Wilbert Rideau. A much more substantive insight into prison than The Angola Prison Seminary million-dollar study.

1980 - Wilbert Rideau, “The Soul-Savers,” The Angolite 20, (July/Aug 1980): 9–12, on Chuck Colson’s Prison Fellowship week-long program.

1982 - Wilbert Rideau, “Religion in Prison: A Miracle of Faith,” The Angolite 7, No. 2 (March/April 1982): 60–65, on Rev. Allen Brown, Church of God in Christ, on prison Elijah Victor Pickett (25 years in) demon driven out of Pickett.

1982 - Wilbert Rideau, “Religion in Prison: A Beacon of Promise,” The Angolite 7, No. 3 (May/June 1982): 23–28, on Chaplain Joseph Wilson, new chapel construction with Chuck Colson and guests.

1983 - Wilbert Rideau, “Strange Bedfellows,” The Angolite 8, No. 1 (Jan/Feb 1983): 25–40, on “natural” vs. “prison politician” on manipulation by prisoners on prisoners and Christians vs. Muslims.

1985 - Tommy Mason, “Religion in Prison: The Carlin Revival,” The Angolite 10, No. 2 (March/April 1985): 61–67, on Dr. Paul Carlin three-day prison saturation and revival,

1985 - Tommy Mason, “Religion in Prison: A Full Gospel Affair,” The Angolite 10, No. 2 (March/April 1985): 68–71, on Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship in prison and their 4th Annual Banquet, speaker Michael O’Neal.

1985 - Wilbert Rideau, “Religion in Prison: The Muslims,” The Angolite 10, No. 4 (Jul/Aug 1985): 46–50, first sentence, “Of all the religious faiths, none has caused as much consternation among the nation’s penal authorities, nor paid as heavy a price for acceptance as a legitimate religion in the prison world, as the Islamic faith over the past three decades.”

1992 - Michael Glover, “The Religionists,” The Angolite 17, No. 4 (July/Aug 1992): 21–54. See link above and quotes.

In just these few articles you can see a vast difference between pre- & post-Cain
There is a great need for a grant-funded study on the pre- & post Cain Angolite,
worth vastly more to criminology than million-dollar The Angola Prison Seminary.

1995 - Michael Glover, “The Christian Warden,” The Angolite 20, No. 2 (March/April 1995): 20–27, noted & linked above 6.4, after Warden Cain arrived in Feb. of 1995 to Angola.

1995 - Michael Glover, “Religion in Prison: The Spirit Moving,” The Angolite 20, No. 5 (Sept/Oct 1995): 54–58, on the Experiencing God “Prison-wide Bible Course” which Warden Burl Cain took himself, “In one of the first meetings he held after becoming warden Cain told the leaders, “We need to know what God wants us to do, and where God wants us to be. This course will help us to do that” (54).

1995 - Jesse Deters, “Religion in Prison: Masterlife Graduation,” The Angolite 20, No. 6 (Nov/Dec 1995): 66–71, on first graduation of 26 prisoners from the Masterlife Discipleship Training for Leaders, implemented by Chaplain Burnie Schmidt, with Jerry Potts leading from FBC Slaughter, LA,  Warden Cain arrived just a few months before in Feb. of 1995.

1998 - Steve Achord and Debbie Moore, “Graduation Day,” The Angolite 23, No. 1 (Jan/Feb 1998): 20–27, first graduation from NOBTS seminary program in Angola of 15 prisoners earning associate degree in pastoral ministries and one a diploma in pastoral ministries, with NOBTS President Chuck Kelley saying, “There is no life God cannot redeem.” Achord & Moore were both NOBTS employees.

2000 - Steve Quatrevingt, “Religion in Prison: A Leap of Faith,” The Angolite 25, No. 2 (March/April 2000): 46–61, on first graduation of the four-year degrees, 17 earning a bachelor of general studies, one bachelor of arts, and three an associate in pastoral ministries, with a history of the program’s beginning in connections with George Rountree and T. W. Terral.

2002 - Dale Gaudet, “Religion in Prison: Fishers of Men,” The Angolite 20, No. 2 (July/Aug 2002): 52–55, on graduation from NOBTS with 32 earning associate degrees, 27 bachelor degrees in Christian ministry.  

2004 - Ronald Walker, “In Their Father’s House,” The Angolite 29, No. 4 & 5 (July/Aug 2004): 44–47, on Prison Fellowship Ministries and Forgiven Ministries hosting prisoner fathers and children.

2010 - Kyle Hebert, “The End … and the Beginning,” The Angolite 35, No. 3 (May/June 2010): 20–27, on the sixth graduation of the NOBTS program of 44 prisoners who earned associate degrees and 46 bachelor degrees in Christian ministry.

2011 - Kyle Hebert, “Legacies to Lives Well Lived,” The Angolite 36, No. 2 (March/April 2011): 8–11, on renaming of NOBTS extension center for to Joan Horner Center and the library the Dr. John MacArthur Pastor’s Library after philanthropist the late Joan Horner, founder and owner of Premier Jewelers in Dallas, and MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community church and president of The Master’s College and Seminary in Sun Valley, CA.

2016 - Jim Nguyen, “Joining the Education Hierarchy,” The Angolite 41, No. 3 & 4 (May/June 2016): 10–12, on the graduation from Baton Rouge Community College of 243 graduates including 68 high school equivalency diplomas and 139 vocational diplomas in 13 disciplines. 

2021 - Jim Nguyen,  “Religion in Prison: Testable, Measurable, and Verifiable; Genter Ordained as Baptist Associations of Southeast Louisiana’s Newest Pastor.” The Angolite 46, No. 5 (Sept-Oct, 2021), 50–51. The article started in all caps:  “AN ORDINATION DISCERNMENT OF GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH’S INMATE ASSOCIATE pastor, Theodore Genter, was held at Angola’s New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) Joan Horner Extension Center in September. Members of the Baptist Associations of Southeast Louisiana (BASL), including Grace pastor Robert Hyde, NOBTS professors Scott Breeland and Joel Williams … NOBTS Director Ricky Sharky, attended to analyze Genter for validation.” Interestingly, after detailing his life as a Pagan until prison, “His conversion from Mormonism to traditional Christianity took place about a year into his incarceration. A man named Eddie Rose, an ordained minister who had fallen from grace, ministered to him and led him to Christ. Six months later, he received a revelation from God that he would become a pastor. He said that from that point he developed a deeper relationship with God but still deals with human weaknesses.” Not in the article is Genter’s crime and sentence: he was convicted of murdering Caryn Beth Capps (aka, Lydia Reinstein) and dumped her body in a dumpster; she was 21 and born in Dallas, Texas. She was 5’4” and about 100-110 pounds. His roommate testified that “Genter jumped on Lydia, pinning her hands with his legs and holding the pillow over her face…. Lydia stopped moving after a few minutes…. Genter then bent Lydia’s body, placed it in a garbage bag along with the blanket … tied the bag closed…. Genter left…. returned fifteen minutes later and told him there was a dumpster at a school on Nashville Avenue.” Portions of body were recovered from the local landfill. “The court sentenced him to life imprisonment at hard labor without benefits of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.” State of Louisiana v. Theodore Genter (No. 2003-KA-1987, decided 4-7-2004), https://caselaw.findlaw.com/la-court-of-appeal/1001976.html, wherein the Genter also threatened to kill another woman. Genter’s prisoner id # is 00454235.

2021 - John Corley, Forgotten No More,” The Angolite 46, No. 5 (Sept-Oct, 2021), 50–51. “Two of Louisiana’s longest-serving inmates were released … in early October [2021] under new plea agreements offered through New Orleans District Attorney Jason Williams’ office, Louis Mitchell, 74, and Leroy Grippen, 73, served a combined 103 years in prison prior to release orders issued by Criminal District Judge Nandi Campbell.” The strange and deplorable injustice goes like this: “Louisiana’s 10-6 rule for people sentenced to life in prison was born under statutory revisions in 1926 and lasted until it was official repealed by Act 490 of the 1979 Legislature. Unofficially, it had already been dead in practice for several years. By 1973, at the direction of Corrections Secretary Elayn Hunt, the warden of the penitentiary stopped making the necessary recommendations for release to the pardon board and, absent his needed support, the release process died.” The insightful article goes on to tell how the men sentenced to 10.5 years (10-6) were essentially “forgotten men” where their “precarious position” and “told that the old release system was administrative rather than a legal requirement.” That is, without the warden’s recommendation, they had no hope of release. What a terrible injustice—yet finally in 2021 and so long overdue they are released.

2021 - John Corley, News Briefs: Ankle Angst,” The Angolite 46, No. 5 (Sept-Oct, 2021; 3–9), 9. See Kate Weisburd, et al, Electronic Prisons: The Operation of Ankle Monitoring in the Criminal Legal System (Washington, DC: George Washington University Law School, 2021; 51 pp.), https://issuu.com/gwlawpubs/docs/electronic-prisons-report?fr=sOGI5NDcxODg3. Weisburd is a law professor at GWU, and Corley is a prisoner editor in Angola.  

2022 - Burk FosterParole: The First 100 Years in America,” The Angolite 47, No. 4 (July/August 2022): 24–33.

2022 - Leah Wang, “The Positive Impacts of Family Contact for Incarcerated People and Their Families,” The Angolite 47, No. 4 (July/August 2022): 34–37. Her hook was, “Fifty years of evidence of the benefits of family contact for incarcerated people." 

 

~ 105 Letters to Major Stakeholders in Prison Efficacy ~

"16 Killings" Letter to 100+ Stakeholders - 16 Killings in TDCJ 9-20-2023  ~
and another killing right after systemwide lockdown ~
unbelievable

 

Trust Is the Engine of Civilization

TDCJ Prison Seminary Scam Documents

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Seminary Program Policy - outline of policy and agreement with SWBTS

Field Ministry Policy, including sex offencers

SWBTS Student Curriculum - dated 1-27-20, w list, one counseling class

Field Ministry Handbook - for the chaplains and indentured prisoners      

Norwood Emai on "42 Christ-Centered courses" - 2-28-23, consistent with 10-year focus
   totally absent of neutrality ... dependent upon TDCJ lie of neutrality & cost

Norwood Email on New Direction - 8-1-21, SWBTS tossed under the bus 

Norwood Email Fundraiser for Christ - 8-20-22 & Letter arrived 9-22-22 - again, for 10 straight years, fundraising for endenturing prisoners for the Gospel, only TDCJ lies neutrality--email: "We have the direct privilege and calling to prepare men and women with long prison sentencesto go with the good news of Jesus Christ and serve others in his name."  With links to video testimonies with first names of TDCJ's Top Secret Field Ministers--kept secret with the support of Texas AG Ken Paxton's office on repeated Open Records requests. 

Norwood Fund-raising Letter - 3-20-23 - again, 12 years bragging, "The State of Texas is unique in in all the world in accommodating this approach to prisoner rehabilitation." Norwood's HOTF, he says again, "is allowed to offer a Christ-centered course of study to long-term prisoners that results in the first men and women 'Field Ministers' in world prison history. What we are doing is unequaled anywhere in the world." < no doubt there, a great scam on Evangelicals taking advantage of vulnerable prisoners, at great state cost, Texas lying about neutrality.

Norwood Fund-raising Letter - 4-24-23 - again, "Thanks to you, over 200 graduates are now serving out their long sentences as "Texas Field Ministers," and doing so in teams, in 42 Texas prisons.
Thanks to you, our graduates have permission to minister freely all over those 42 prisons: they tell the hopeless that there is hope in Jesus Christ." And he lists three Southern Baptist Seminary professors as key teachers.  No question as to TDCJ lying about neutrality. 

Norwood Fund-raising Letter - 9-17-23, again, 11 years running, clearly Evangelical Mission of students of college as TDCJ lies about neutrality, as HOTF seeks to raise money from naive evangelicals for a program TDCJ modelled after the most scandal-ridden warden in U.S. penal history.  Letter leads off:  "We consistently are experiencing the growth and depth of our students, of our faculty, and ofour college all around one mission—the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20, "All authorityin heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations" and continues "Will you help us send Field Ministers to do the work of the Great Commission?.... A Field Minister is a man or woman with a long prison sentence [some psychopaths] in Texas who has the unique opportunity to be educated through the Heart of Texas Foundation College of Ministry [basic Bible study] and take boldly the gospel of Jesus Christ peer to peer in the darkest of places."  

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NEW Field Ministry HOTF College Program

NEW Curriculum Snapshot

 

Global Prison Seminaries Foundation July 2022 CHANGES Website, deletes its signature line capalizing upon a lie after this book was published and 400+ notified on the Ides of March 2022: "Angola, once known as the bloodiest prison in America, is now one of the safest and most peaceful prisons in the country. This transformation came about with what is now known as the Prison Seminary Model."

 

Field Minister Reports - OR Request and the reports by Seminary Field Ministers

UTMB Open Records - No Stats on DSM Diagnoses, only after a half dozen emails, got number of psychotics.

United National Marriage Patterns 2000

Heart of Texas Foundation Incorporation Papers 

TDCJ-Seminary Memorandum of Understanding 2016 renewal of 2011 

TDCJ Field Minister Official Job Descriptions

Seminary / TDCJ Procedures 

TDCJ Did Not Keep Letter of Termination to SWBTS 

TDCJ Sought No Opinion on Constitutionality of Seminary 

TDCJ Statistics for 12 Years ... or just the <Analysis Chart on 12 Years> 

 

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Applications of Note

 

C.F. Hazlewood TDCJ Application 

www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/Timothy-Jones-TDCJ-App-7-2018.pdf

www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/Rel-Serv-Apps-ALL.pdf 

www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/Pierce-2000-TDCJ-Application.pdf

www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/Rutledge-TDCJ-Apps-Promotions.pdf  

Critical Audio Interview

www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/08-Shawn-Wallace-TDCJ-Info-Officer-08-16-2013.MP3 – audio recording  

TBCJ No Action on Public Comments in 12 Years & Word-frequency Analysis in 70 Minutes 2007-2019, chaplaincy nearly absent, and no action on any public statement, and more.  

TDCJ 10-Year Disciplinary Report 7-25-2003 to 7-25-2013 - first one published in TDCJ History on 86,775 disciplinaries - NOT a SINGLE disciplinary for a warden, Reg. Dir. Michael Upshaw, or Chaplain Collier for the multitude of violations everyday at the Polunsky Chapel for 6 years ... fairness flew the coup at Polunsky

Chaplain Equity TIMELINE April 2002 for Gary Johnson - a 100-page letter to Executive Director Gary Johnson in 2002, that four of us chaplains personally presented to Johnson that included many unethical business practices.  It contains much of the 2000 proposal, revised, and a critical TIMELINE of the unethical tweaking of the Chaplaincy Director's job description and much more.  A piece for the archives, if ever there was.  Pages 54-65 have timeline of unethical practices.

Applications for Critical Chaplaincy Positions

www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/Timothy-Jones-TDCJ-App-7-2018.pdf

     > www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/Rel-Serv-Apps-ALL.pdf 

www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/Pierce-2000-TDCJ-Application.pdf

www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/Rutledge-TDCJ-Apps-Promotions.pdf  

www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/08-Shawn-Wallace-TDCJ-Info-Officer-08-16-2013.MP3 – Critical Audio Recording

OIG "Terrorist Threat" Investigation Maness for "Writing Books" ...

10-29-2012 Maness FAX to TDCJ Exec Dir & OIG on Polunsky Fiasco ...

MP3 Interview with Shawn Wallace Exposing Conspiracy ORDERED by TBCJ Chairman Oliver Bell, Reg Dir Michael Upshaw, Marvin Dunbar Destroying Crime Scene Evidence ...

UTMB's ZERO Statistics on $300+ Million Paid by TDCJ for Psych Services SHOCKER ...

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Dan Patrick Donor Analysis - 01-2005 to 01-31-2021

Media Release Policy Fiasco - I was set up in 2011 for taking photos within policy, having the signed approval of the warden, but given a disciplinary for a contrived violation, all detailed in the 700-pg Book of Secrets (2013). As seen in this exchange, the media policy was confused, then an additional media form was created 12-12-2018   

No JETS articles on Experiencing God - having had trouble finding academic articles/bookreviews to Blackaby's book, I asked the premier evangelical society for help: none. To my knowledge no conservative tenured professor of theology has weighed in on it in a formal paper. Most academics do not weigh in on popular books, especially elementary popular Bible studies. Yet, because of its unprecedented sales and odd theology, it is time for conservative and reformed theologians to weigh in too. And it is the requirement for prisoner to qualify for the NOBTS seminary in the Angola prison.

Prison Fellowship Facebook Advertisement -- "Urgent Need Please Send Bibles" ... "The demand for Bibles and Christian content is at an all-time high."

Phone Transcript Michael Maness & Grove Norwood, Phone Call, Sept. 8, 2021, 14:30  

 

Baylor Study of Texas Prison Seminary:  Sung Joon Jang, Byron R. Johnson, Joshua Hays, Michael Hallett, and Grant Duwe, “Prisoners Helping Prisoners Change: A Study of Inmate Field Ministers Within Texas Prisons,” International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology 64, No. 5 (April 2020): 470–497.

Baylor Study of Angola Seminiary:  Michael Hallett, Joshua Hays, Bryon Johnson, Sung Joon Jang, and Grant Duwe, The Angola Prison Seminary: Effects of Faith-Based Ministry on Identity Transformation, Desistance, and Rehabilitation (NY: Routledge, 2017; 248 pp.).    

 

No Number on How Many Prisoners Have Antisocial Personality Disorder in TDCJ - No #s in TDCJ for ASPD! ... I asked on 3-25-21 “How many prisoners in TDCJ are diagnosed with Antisocial Personality Disorder?” On 4-20-21, the response was “We have no responsive information 

 

Articles of Note

David M. Reutter, “Thou Shalt Not: Sexual Misconduct by Prison and Jail Chaplains,” Prison Legal News 21, No. 9 (Sept. 2010): 1–9. 

David M. Reutter, “Clergy Who Advocate for Prisoners Barred from Prisons and Jails,” Prison Legal News 21, No. 9 (Sept. 2010): 10–11.

Stan Moody, “Chaplains Window Dressing in American Prisons,” personal letter (Manchester, ME: March 26, 2011; 2 pps; 207-626-0594), documenting harassment of chaplains who stand up for civil rights.

 

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       "The opposite of faith is not heresy but indifference." 

Elie Wiesel chairman of the President's Commission on the
Holocaust and helped plan the American memorial to the victims of the Holocaust;
see his 
Report to the President on the President's Commission on the Holocaust (1979). 

 

       "Society wants men to be taught to use liberty wisely while deprived of it" (p. 11).  "I believe there is a treasure in the heart of every man if we can find it  if we can help him find it.  I believe this is the true way to fight crime" (p. 229, the last two sentences). 

James V. Bennett, I Chose Prison (Alfred A. Knopf, 1970, 229p),
Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons 1937 to 1964, during the time of the
most substantial change in in-prison programming in the history of the world.


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When Texas Prison Scams Religion Cover

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Bibliography  ~

65+ Areas for More Grant-funded Study or Disseratations ~

 

"16 Killings" Letter to 100+ Stakeholders - 16 Killings in TDCJ 9-20-2023  ~
and another killing right after systemwide lockdown ~
unbelievable

 "TDCJ Delusion Deposition" Letter 1-15-24 to 115 Stakeholders
outline of 25 years of documents of nefariousness, esp. in Programs Division
directed to new TBCJ Chairman Eric Nichols

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Parole Option - 100,000 Mothers' Option 

Resources, Bibliography Sets, and Super Lists

 Chaplaincy Docs ~ Chaplaincy Saved 2011 ~ Etymology of "Chaplain"

31 Lists of Character Traits of 31 Leaders/Organizations

Religious Freedom Documents  ~  Chaplaincy Links Page  

History of Prison Programming in America  ~  Masonic Blue Slipper

Archive Intro  ~  Crisis-Grief Archive  ~  Divorce Archive ~ Super Lists


Passion Week of Christ by friend Dr. Col. Will Duke - R.I.P. 2020
Passion Book - Chart of Passion Week 


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 Gib Lewis State Prison Chaplaincy Department, 2011 - nice! 

 In 2007, helped return 25 TDCJ to State Budget - Letter from Rep. Jim McReynolds - He helped in a load of efforts over the years, a fine man.  

 Congress on Ministry in Specialized Settings (COMISS) Report 1992, sent to all TDCJ Chaplains in 1993 - sage advice still relevant - instead of caving, this advice was followed by one chaplain since 1993, and this page is the continued result of defending prison chaplaincy for 20 years.

       "The opposite of faith is not heresy but indifference." 

Elie Wiesel chairman of the President's Commission on the
Holocaust and helped plan the American memorial to the victims of the Holocaust;
see his
Report to the President on the President's Commission on the Holocaust (1979). 

       "Society wants men to be taught to use liberty wisely while deprived of it" (p. 11).  "I believe there is a treasure in the heart of every man if we can find it if we can help him find it.  I believe this is the true way to fight crime" (p. 229, the last two sentences). 

James V. Bennett, I Chose Prison (Alfred A. Knopf, 1970, 229p),
Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons 1937 to 1964, during the time of the
most substantial change in in-prison programming in the history of the world.

 

 

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Faith Data on Texas Prison Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy Faith Percentages FY2010 - comprehensive look at the faith population in TDCJ for FY 2010 ...

Much more to come ...

Historic Documents Texas Prison Chaplaincy

Chaplain Professional Equity Proposal - 2000 ~ Original proposal that gained support and attained the 1st pay group raise of Texas Chaplains in 40+ years during the 2001 Texas Legislature - a bear to complete and still a powerful presentation on Chaplaincy, the Chaplaincy Market, and the value of Chaplaincy to TDCJ and Texas.  See Programmer Pay Grade.

Chaplain Professional Equity Fact Sheet 2000 - first two-page fact sheet used that showed statistics and specific contributions to mission-critical functions of the agency.

Chaplain Professional Equity Letter 2001 - four-page color letter used in Austin 2001 as we fought for Chaplaincy Professional Equity, made a couple hundred color copies and passed out in Austin.

V V V  House Appropriations Chair Rob Junnell receives Honor State Chaplain Award  V V V

Chaplain Equity TIMELINE April 2002 for Gary Johnson - a 100-page letter to Executive Director Gary Johnson, that four of us chaplains personally presented to Johnson over that included many unethical business practices.  It contains much of the 2000 proposal, revised, and a critical TIMELINE of the unethical tweaking of the Chaplaincy Director's job description and much more.  A piece for the archives, if ever there was.  Pages 54-65 have timeline of unethical practices.

Gary Johnson - September 2002 - Moratorium on Director of Chaplain Position - to forestall more unethical hiring and degrading of TDCJ Chaplaincy - Johnson initiated an internal affairs investigation, but it was determined nothing purely illegal took place, though ethics had been thrown out the window.   It was a warning that unethical practices would continue, and they did, in the hiring of Bill Pierce shortly afterward, who did not even have an accredited bachelor's degree.
See Bill Pierce's 2000 Application here, at the time, the lowest qualified "director" of chaplains in the history of the U.S.

August 22, 2014 - Letter to Brad Livinston, Oliver Bell, legislators and TBCJ - plea for investigation ... and nothing follows

Chaplaincy Audit 2001 ~ First in Texas History, the raw data on questionnaires from 136 of the TDCJ's chaplains in November of 2001.  No other more comprehensive look at correctional chaplaincy exists anywhere or to date.  See how they themselves view the profession. 

History of In-Prison Programming in the USA  by Dr. Michael G. Maness, 1997  for his dissertation at New Orleans Seminary

Etymology of "Chaplain" ~ Michael G. Maness history and etymology of word "chaplain" 

Legislation on "Chaplain" in Texas' 81st Legislature    

Equity for ALL Behind the Wire - and Chaplains - Letter to Steve Ogden, Chairman of Texas Senate Finance Committee, et al   

Religion in Prison: A 50-State Survey of Prison Chaplains (3-22-12), what they do, what happens


click below to see whole report   

TDCJ Deep State Report COVER
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www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/TDCJ-OIG-2019.pdf

NEW ... Hinojosa Letter 1 to the RPD Director Rene Hinojosa & 50 Texas leaders seriously asking that "evidence-based" and "skilled professionals" mean in TDCJ and RPD, given the horrendous practices documented and it and the TBCJ's passivity. 

Updated with just released Addendum 16, the 2018 Dep. Dir. of Religious Services Interview Docs, the interview that did NOT take place ... the real value of Chaplaincy to TDCJ www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/Interview-Docs.pdf

See Errata Page of Corrections and Refinements from version sent to 50 Texas leaders that includes the new Addendum 16.  

See 50 Texas Leaders and others of 2nd & 3rd send, including 10 U.S. District Judges. 

See Addendum 16, sent to 50 as supplement update of TDCJ Deep State Report, that oulines the infamy of Open Records documents that took an ENTIRE YEAR to receive from TDCJ's Office of General Counsel.

See proposed William Overton Codicil for legislators to add to the current Open Records law, so that it does not take a YEAR of fighting for SIMPLE clarifications.  TDCJ's Counsel violated the OR law several times, documented, and over the years sometimes only responded when an appeal was made to the Texas Attorney General's OR Enforcement Division.  

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Many good men and women work in TDCJ, and I had the best job, loving and caring for inmates, staff, volunteers, and their families for 20 years.  However, there are a few outlaw administrators. 

What about two senior wardens and a regional director knowingly allowing life-sentenced murderers to violate serious security policies for yearsnot a day, a week, a monthbut for years?  Among 86,000-plus disciplinaries given to TDCJ employees over 10 years, what about those wardens and staff Chaplain David Collier being cleared from all disciplinaries for the introduction of contraband over the course of six long years?  All this and more are documented from Open Records releases.  The greatest still unsolved mystery is how Regional Director Michael Upshaw kept the TDCJ's Inspector General Bruce Toney from investigatingkept OIG collared like a dogfor his office did nothing!  Same thing for his successor, Chris Love, who oddlye was in the critical communication chain of the exposures of the 700-page Book of Secrets!

Another great and ominous mystery services.  How many other times did those wardens throughout their careers knowingly allow so many violations?  How many other times did OIG abstain from investigating clearly documented contraband introduction and clear violations of serious security policies for years?  How many?  Those three questions are most serious, and just the tip of the iceberg exposed in many documents.  Many other questions are asked, some as serious, for these reveal the Deep State like never before exposed.  Yet, the fact remains that not only have those been dodged, they have been covered up.

Several wish to make me a nemesis, but the reality is that those mentioned here and a few more are the true nemeses to TDCJ's policies and honor.  My fight has been to defend TDCJ's and Texas' policies and laws. 

Therefore, TDCJ Director Bryan Collier was either duped or a party to the longest cover up in TDCJ's history.  For the degree of contraband introduced and the clearing of so many from saerious disciplinaries at the Polunsky Unit alone casts a great fog over his credibility, ability, and his honor.  That is indisputable to any astute reader of the documents within and linked in The TDCJ Deep State Report. 

TDCJ and Collier did not like me documenting these and more for 20 years.  Documentedclearly and forcefullyand the Texas Board of Criminal Justice were sent many letters and copies of these two profusely documented books.

Why has this been allowed?  Who will discover how it has been allowed for so long?  I have sent All the Docs to Gov. Abbott and several District Judges now.  I am sad that I waited too long to go public, for I just trusted too longmuch too longfor there are many good people of honor in TDCJ.  It is for them, now, that this goes forth. 

My career was ended by a few evil people in TDCJ for blowing the whistle on crooked, unethical actions, and at the Polunsky Unit for serious violations of many security policies over years, endangering many staff and volunteers, from at least 2009 through 2019.

I became the victim of a few outlaws for reasons yet to be uncovered.  The worse was and remains that TDCJ's Bryan Collier and TBCJ's Dale Wainwright have covered up Polunsky for years.  And with that cover up, they are guilty of protecting the true violators of policy, supporting documented racist promotions, and, worse still, aiding and abetting an OIG that was clearly complicit in cover up.  That boggles the mind.  Worst of all, OIG failed to protect the innocent ... many times. 

It began for me after writing the Faith-Based Housing Letter, December 1, 2011, to Brad Livingston.  I doubt Livingston was a part of it, but those who disliked me going over them and writting to him came after me.  Within three months of that letter, three contrived disciplinaries hit me, forcing me into a dismissal hearing, which I beat, but the end was near.  Reg. Dir. Michael Upshaw had set me up through a falsely created disciplinary (documented).  I had written permission by the warden to take the photo of inmates putting together Christmas cards (as I had done for 20 years), and there was no policy against posting such on Facebook.  Upshaw sent a newly minted Asst. Warden to create a disciplinary (documented).  After 20 years, I forced to transfer to Polunsky, then I was forced to retire in 2012 from harrassment by then Warden Richard Alford.  Alford preferred to cover up dangerous daily violations in the Polunsky Twilight Zone chapel, mainly, life-sentenced murderers totally unsupervised in the dark with cameras, color laser printers, and high-end computers. 

For seven years I fought for my innocence and continued to expose one infamy after another, through 100s of open record requests, many letters, and two large books.  Documents show how I was set up for whistleblowing, and they show OIG silenced, impotent, even COLLARED, unable or unwilling to do a single thing throughout a long series of policy violations by many wardens for many years, even through 2019.  Worse, after expsoure, Upshaw ordered the cleaning of contraband at Polunsky in 2012, Upshaw cleared all involved from disciplinary, including wardens and majors, and then Bryan Collier supported the promotions of all involved quickly after.  Who cleans contraband?  Who then promotes such a cleaner?  See Mr. Clean clean well, then see him also clearing all of the violators ... amazing cover up of violations.  And Mr. Clean kept OIG's Bruce Toney and Cris Love on a collar throughout.

All the above is documented, a true and scary Deep State Report.  Uglier still, this was progressive, in that I dug and dug and dug, and continued to expose clear violations of policy in letters and emails from 2012 thru 2019.  All ignored. After finding out again that TDCJ hired a new chief of chaplains from the bottom of the applicant pool, Timothy Jones, who only has a High School education, it was time to report again.  TDCJ has done this many times in the past 20 years, and this time over two women with more experience and education.

Summary of 20 years of research
TDCJ Deep State Report COVER
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Above followed the massive Book of Secrets
Book of Secrets
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Ode to the Oddities
of Outing a few
Onery TDCJ Outlaws
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Ode to Oddities of Outing TDCJ Outlaws

Cover Letter to Collier
and 50+ Texas Leaders

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Now 50+ Texas Leaders 1st Send

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Letter 50+ Texas Leaders
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Overton Codicil
^ Overton OR Codicil ^
When TDCJ's Counsel violates the OR law,
time to change the LAW



We should archive and study chaplaincy data and the religious volunteers facilitated in the
greatest source for change in human history
religion.

This is very sad.  For Marvin Dunbar hoped to hide this, as he has many other contrivances.  Actually, an institution ought to be PROUD of its promotions.  But when this get out, as Mr. Jones is sitting around the table somewhere, and experts look at him--BLAME sad-sack Dunbar.  For when folks pull out their cell phones and read Jones' application, or any of these documents, they will wonder about Jones and the TDCJ that let Dunbar commit such an injustice to itself and the Chaplaincy Profession

Time to go public, and I apologize for waiting, trusting, too long.  TDCJ will do nothing without public ire, and TDCJ is bent on the distruction of the chaplaincy profession in Texas. 

So I unlocked many documents, including the heretofore locked massive 700-page Book of Secrets on the Longest Cover up in TDCJ History--Case of the Enchanting Chaplain (sent January 2014)

See Bryan Collier's letter 1-21-14 in response that said it "appears to have been submitted previously." There has never been a larger corpus of Open Record documents exposing damning unethical behavior within TDCJ in the agency's history, and all of it has been ignored by the Texas Board of Criminal Justice. Not long after that, in February, in a response to an eamil, TBCJ Chairman Olive Bell had OIG investigate me for a terrorist threat for "writing books," and nothing on the Book of the Secrets.

That was 2014. Between then and 2019, I sent several more letters with more exposures of violations, including a clear racist hiring at the Goodman Unit, where a retired black Army combat veteran command chaplain was passed over for a career laundry man, Book of Secrets, Part Two (180 pages).  That was unpleasant to expose, so embarrassing, the many violations policy shameful, boggling the mind.  I sent expensive copies of that and more letters and emails.  Not one disciplinary. 

In the light of all of these, TDCJ just might as well do away with applications altogether.  For it is embarrassing to an agency to have available to the public the applications of those with so little education and experience HIRED over those with so little merit so very often ... for 20 years in chaplaincy.  And many times in other divisions.  If an applicant with fishing with an uncle of the interviewer, that is merit enough all too often. 

In January 2019, I sent the 1st Edition of the TDCJ Deep State Report to the primaries (Wainwright, Collier, et al).  It was hurried, in that it was partly meant to correct the hiring of the lowest qualified Deputy Director / Chief of Chaplains in TDCJ's history.  I waited six months.  Not surprisingly, I got no response.  In fact, I have gotten no response to anything, except that OIG investigated ME as an official "terrorist threat" suspect for writing "books," of which I was fully cleared, in part because I promised not to write anymore "books."  You will have to read about the Naked King there. 

As I said I would do, I revised, tightened, and added to the 2nd Edition, TDCJ Deep State Report--Case of the Collared Fox (2019)Clearly, it has gotten worse.  No one knows how OIG has been kept out of the Polunsky Twilight Zone for 10 years.  After 10 years of violations!  How did the regional directors and wardens COLLAR the OIG with such a tight choke chain?  What happened at Polunsky?  That the Polunsky chapel was allowed to run wild with so many violations for so long, even through 2019, is the greatest mystery that TDCJ and TBCJ refuse to solve.  That legislators refuse to solve.  But the violations leading to 2012 in the Book of Secrets is scary dangerous, where for six solid years life-sentenced murderers had free reign with digital cameras, high-end contraband computers, color laser printers, unlimited and untracked supply line, and with the wardens' knowledge TOTALLY unsupervised for six (6) years.

That was the Book of Secrets (2014), and Mr. Clean Upshaw cleaned the contraband and cleared all, much of that unsupervised life-sentenced murders continued through 2019!

The above books have been ignored now for seven years.  Therefore, I believe the TDCJ executive director, the TBCJ chairman, and entire TBCJ should be replaced.  And TDCJ's OIG dissolved into the Texas Rangers, for OIG was part of the cover up for years now.  And it appears Cris Love was promoted for that very reason, but I have not done any research there, only that he was in several documents on the way to the Deep State Report presented here in August 2019.  

I sent expensive copies of the TDCJ Deep State Report to 35+ Texas Leaders on August 27, 2019, and another set of 12 copies to more.  See the Cover Letter and List of All, from Gov. Abbott to the chief legislators and TBCJ chair and members.  See herein both the longest cover up in TDCJ history next to the still unsolved MYSTERY as to WHY Polunsky wardens and majors knowingly allowed so many violations for so many years.

The Deep State Report  W O R K  invloved 100s of Open Record documents, some going back 20 years.  See the applications linked.  See the many first-ever analyses, like the first-ever Polunsky Chapel official supply analysis in TDCJ history.  TDCJ has hired the lowest qualified of the applicant pool many times in the past, used racist hiring practiced, so clearly documented, the shameful antics make one's eyes bug out in awe that such would be allowed for so long.

What is the reason for staff attrition?  It is here, where dishonorable overseers promote favorites, sometimes promote idiots, weaponize disciplinaries, AND ... I kid you not, see it here, allow the CLEANING of contraband and CLEARING of violators.  All supported by TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier.

It is all here.  I pray it saves the chaplaincy profession, but it might be too late, given how long entrenched the few outlaws have reigned. 

We shall see. 

Ode to the Odd

^ click to see linked printable pdf ^

Deep State Report

^ click to see whole, searchable, linked pdf ^

Several More Documents TDCJ
Ignored for 10-20 Years

Published here for the first time over the Last 20 Years on the
Value of Religion, Volunteers, and Professional Chaplaincy  

several copied from the chaplaincy docs section at www.PreciousHeart.net/chaplaincy

Applications for Critical Chaplaincy Positions

www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/Timothy-Jones-TDCJ-App-7-2018.pdf

     > www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/Rel-Serv-Apps-ALL.pdf 

www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/Pierce-2000-TDCJ-Application.pdf

www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/Rutledge-TDCJ-Apps-Promotions.pdf  

www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/08-Shawn-Wallace-TDCJ-Info-Officer-08-16-2013.MP3 – Critical Audio Recording

OIG "Terrorist Threat" Investigation on Maness for "Writing Books" ...

10-29-2012 Maness FAX to TDCJ Exec Dir & OIG on Polunsky Fiasco ...

TBCJ No Action on Public Comments in 12 Years & Word-frequency Analysis in 70 Minutes 2007-2019, chaplaincy nearly absent, and no action on any public statement, and more.  

TDCJ 10-Year Disciplinary Report 7-25-2003 to 7-25-2013 - first one published in TDCJ History on 86,775 disciplinaries - NOT a SINGLE disciplinary for a warden, Reg. Dir. Michael Upshaw, or Chaplain Collier for the multitude of violations everyday at the Polunsky Chapel for 6 years ... fairness flew the coup at Polunsky

Chaplain Equity TIMELINE April 2002 for Gary Johnson - a 100-page letter to Executive Director Gary Johnson in 2002, that four of us chaplains personally presented to Johnson that included many unethical business practices.  It contains much of the 2000 proposal, revised, and a critical TIMELINE of the unethical tweaking of the Chaplaincy Director's job description and much more.  A piece for the archives, if ever there was.  Pages 54-65 have timeline of unethical practices.

Maness' Faith-Based Housing Letter, December 1, 2011, including pastoral care and cost issues that needed addressed, and I blew the whistle lightly on unethical staff and a few buggy volunteer ministries given absurd favor. This letter to Brad Livingston cost me dearly and quickly, for within 3 months, I faced three disciplinaries, two so very sloppily contrived, with a mandatory dismissal hearing.  After 20 years of honored service.  More whistleblowing below, the likes of which boggle the mind, but I kept up documenting the violations.

Alexander Volokh, "Do Faith-Based Prisons Work?" 63, No. 1 Alabama Law Review (2011), 43-95 - complementing the Faith-Based Housing Letter above in a superb way.

Roy L. Bergeron Jr., “Faith on the Farm: An Analysis of the Angola Prison’s Moral Rehabilitation Program Under the Establishment Clause,” Louisiana Law Review, 71, No. 4 (Summer 2011): 1220–57, showing the many conflicts with the establishment clause.

 

Douglas Roy, “Doin’ Time in God’s House: Why Faith-Based Rehabilitation Programs Violate the Establishment Clause,” 78, No. 3 Southern California Law Review (March 2005): 795–834, see also  https://SoutherCcaliforniaLawReview.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/78_795.pdf.  

Document Preface:  I won the dismissal after a fight, yet was forced to Polunsky, then the most policy-violating chaplaincy in TDCJ history.  All documented ... sadly, I trusted too many for too long, and saw an impotent OIG and cowardly wardens for something still a mystery--all documented now.  Also ... many other letters to Bryan Collier and TBCJ Chair Dale Wainwright, with more unique exposures of TDCJ violations followed those major works below--all to no avail, ah, I mean except for the one-sentence letter from Collier in 2012, not a single response to over 1,000 pages of documented malefeance--documented.  See the Book of Secrets Pt 1, Book of Secrets Pt 2, and the TDCJ Deep State Report below ... linked to another 1,000 pages in letters, charts, statistics, ad infinitum ... God Bless Texas ... and help TDCJ Chaplaincy ...  

100,000 Mothers' Parole Option - this was ongoing and played an unseen part, as a revolutionary way to improve prison effectiveness, reduce recidivism, and save Texas perhaps $100 million in the long run.  Totally ignored by legislators for 10+ years now, including the Texas House and Senate Corrections Committees, and the Honorable James White who promised early support, but was unable to get anything done on it.  This, I was told, played a part in the contrived disciplinary by a confidential source ... for shame, that 100,000 hours of in-prison state employee offender contact hours have ZERO impact on the decisions of parole-eligible offenders parole ... very sad, and a 20th century travesty of justice.  

TDCJ Deep State Report--Case of the Collared Fox - Revised 2nd Edition 2019, no response after six months, nothing done after 1st Edition in January 2019.  All unlocked.  Tells horrid story of cover up by wardens under a Regional Director cleaning contraband years in coming and clearing all of disciplinaries, then racist hiring, promotion of traitors, violators cleared, Polunsky chapel still violating policy to April 2019, and OIG prevented from investigations ... then continuing to hire the lowest qualified many times after 20 years of exposure--the end of professional chaplaincy!  If chaplaincy, seriously, how many other departments and divisions have hired the lowest qualified among applicant pool?  It has ... and will continue.  The TBCJ and Texas House and Senate Committees on Corrections are powerless to supervise.  Only by grace and statewide action were we able to save Chaplaincy in 2011.  TDCJ will try to kill it again--certainly!

Three Outstanding Open Record Requests - appealed to Texas AG, some over six months old--TDCJ really wants to keep the their Seminary Prisoner Field Minister Missionary Program TOP SECRET, and more.

NEW - 2018 Dep. Dir. of Religious Services Interview Docs just released after an entire YEAR fighting with TDCJ, and added to the Deep State Report in Addendum 16.  Believe it, see it, read it, and weep for Jerusalem and the TRUE value of Chaplaincy to TDCJ.  There was NO interview, and Marvin Dunbar did the absolutely LEAST possible in cancelling the interviews with more qualified applicants, and Dunbar led Rene Hinojosa to LIE on PERS 284, for NO ONE considered "all factors" at all.  www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/Interview-Docs.pdf 
 

First Chapel Property Analysis in TDCJ History = 2015-2018 Polusnky Fiasco - no one knows what is going on there, now documented for 10 years!  Cover up continued and why they hired Timothy Jones as Deputy of Director of Religious Services, who was trained in TDCJ chaplaincy there.

Large Letter to ALL - Itemization 8-27-14 to Livingston, TBCJ Board, Gov. Perry, AG Abbott, House Corrections members, more, 16 pages, no lampoon, pleading for justice--no answer.

Book of Secrets, Pt. 2, 2007 Goodman Unit Hiring Fiasco - purely racist hiring of white TDCJ career laundry man over a retired Black combat veteran career Army Chaplainin, totally ignoring the military preference ... again ... and worse.   Not the first time.

Book of Secrets on the Longest Cover-up in TDCJ History--Case of Sherlock Holmes and the Enchanting Chaplain, January 2014 - 700+ pages, 147MBs, with photos and links to audios, all my set up, TDCJ falsifying disciplinaries, and the Polunsky fiasco, the most policy-violating chaplain in TDCJ, Regional Director cleaning contraband years in coming and clearing all of disciplinaries, life-sentenced murderers given high-end computers, cameras, and color laser printers TOTALLY UNSUPERVISED for years--documented, with warden's knowledge.  

How We Saved Texas Prison Chaplaincy 2011--the Immeasurable of Relgions, Volunteers, and Their Chaplains ... Forget not that Madeline Ortiz tried to kill chaplaincy in 2011 without a single cost analysis, ignoring data 10-years old showing how chaplaincy recovered its cost several times over--simply ignoring the value of religions--the Programs & Services Division regularly hiding chaplaincy statistics.... A long history of undervaluing the chaplaincy profession continues despite exposure of many violations of ethics and violations of TDCJ's good written policies. 

TBCJ Word-frequency Analysis of 12 years in 70 Minutes 2007-2019, chaplaincy nearly absent, and no action on any public statement, and more.  

TDCJ 10-Year Disciplinary Report 7-25-2003 to 7-25-2013 - first one published in TDCJ History on 86,775 disciplinaries - NOT a SINGLE disciplinary for a warden, Reg. Dir. Michael Upshaw, or Chaplain Collier for the multitude of violations everyday at the Polunsky Chapel for 6 years ... fairness flew the coup at Polunsky

Chaplain Equity TIMELINE April 2002 for Gary Johnson - a 100-page letter to Executive Director Gary Johnson in 2002, that four of us chaplains personally presented to Johnson that included many unethical business practices.  It contains much of the 2000 proposal, revised, and a critical TIMELINE of the unethical tweaking of the Chaplaincy Director's job description and much more.  A piece for the archives, if ever there was.  Pages 54-65 have timeline of unethical practices.   


TDCJ Prison Seminary Scam

......

Seminary Program Policy - outline of policy and agreement with SWBTS

Field Ministry Handbook - for the chaplains and indentured prisoners      

Field Minister Reports - OR Request and the reports by Seminary Field Ministers

United National Marriage Patterns 2000

Heart of Texas Foundation Incorporation Papers 

TDCJ-Seminary Memorandum of Understanding 2016 renewal of 2011 

TDCJ Field Minister Official Job Descriptions

Seminary / TDCJ Procedures 

TDCJ Sought No Opinion on Constitutionality of Seminary 

TDCJ Statistics for 12 Years ... or just the <Analysis Chart on 12 Years> 

Dan Patrick Donor Analysis - 01-2005 to 01-31-2021

More to come ... 

 

Baylor Study of Texas Prison Seminary:  Sung Joon Jang, Byron R. Johnson, Joshua Hays, Michael Hallett, and Grant Duwe, “Prisoners Helping Prisoners Change: A Study of Inmate Field Ministers Within Texas Prisons,” International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology 64, No. 5 (April 2020): 470–497.

Baylor Study of Angola Seminiary:  Michael Hallett, Joshua Hays, Bryon Johnson, Sung Joon Jang, and Grant Duwe, The Angola Prison Seminary: Effects of Faith-Based Ministry on Identity Transformation, Desistance, and Rehabilitation (NY: Routledge, 2017; 248 pp.).


Killing Professional Chaplaincy Series

After dozens of letters, 100s of Open Record requests, three huge books documenting with zero response from major players, what is TDCJ Exec. Dir. Bryan Collier really covering up?

2001 – Chaplain Professional Equity and Market Study w Ethical Violations Timeline, www.PreciousHeart.net/chaplaincy/01-Chaplain_Pt_2_Timeline_2001.pdf, with four TDCJ chaplains, I personally delivered this 100-page treatise to TDCJ Exec. Dir. Gary Johnson that documented many unethical business practices.  It had much of the 2000 Chaplain Professional Equity proposal we used in the 2001 Texas Legislature to gain our first pay raise in 40-plus years, yet with a critical timeline of unethical tweaking of the Chaplaincy Director's job to suit favored applicants, pages 54-65.

2012 - Faith-Based Housing Letter, www.PreciousHeart.net/Maness-Faith-Based-Housing.pdf, heartfelt 50-page letter to Brad Livingston asking him to meet with a Barry Lynn of the Americans United for Separation of Church and State. It exposes several ethical violations and is the first exposure of the unconstitutional nature of the Seminary Scam. Soon after this, I was persecuted for whistleblowing and forced to retire.

2013 - TDCJ Book of Secrets on the Longest Cover Up in TDCJ History: Case of the Enchanting Chaplain, 700 pp., 139 MBs, www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/Treason.pdf, first 100 pages documented how I was set up with falsified documents, then the rest details the vast policy violations at the Polunsky Unit and Michael Upshaw’s cleaning of contraband, clearing of violators, and more. Included were two CDs and a DVD with videos and dozen recorded interviews!  Hard copies to Livingston, OIG, and Texas AG.
See Bryan Collier's three-sentence reply here: Collier-01-21-14-Nothing.

2015 – How We Saved Texas Prison Chaplaincy 2011—Immeasurable Value of Religion, Volunteers, and Their Chaplains, Forewords by Jerry A. Madden, senior fellow for Right on Crime and 2011 chairman of the Texas House Corrections Committee, and Carol S. Vance, former chairman of Texas Board of Criminal Justice and Harris County District Attorney (1966-79) (AuthorHouse, 2015; 394 pp.), www.PreciousHeart.net/Saved. We networked across Texas to stop the deletion of TDCJ Chaplaincy which was dead on arrival in the 2011 legislature. In a fight, we saved the entire budget. The appendices show Chaplaincy recovers its operating costs several times over and is the most productive program in RPD: “Chaplains facilitate the greatest source for change and solace in human history—Religion.”

 2017 - TDCJ Book of Secrets Part 2, Goodman Unit Hiring Scam, www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/GoodmanUnit2017.pdf, 180-pg, most detailed audit of a hiring package in TDCJ history showing multiple violations. A white warden hired a white career laundry man over black U.S. Army combat veteran career chaplain!

 2019 - TDCJ Deep State Report:  Case of the Collared Fox, www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/TDCJ-OIG-2019.pdf, 177-page
   - Cover Letters of 1st, 2nd, & 3rd sends to Bryan Collier & 50+ TX Leaders, Jurists, and District Attorneys, www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/Big-50-Send.pdf 

 2023 – When Texas Prison Scams Religion, 2nd Edition - documenting in a much more thorough manner the unconstitutional, unhealthy, and unethical nature of the scam first exposed in the 2012 Faith-Based Housing Letter and succeeding cover ups. 


Auxiliary Key Documents cited in Deep State Report, all unlocked now

TDCJ Deep State Report--Case of the Collared Fox (2019) www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/TDCJ-OIG-2019.pdf    

Book of Secrets on the Longest Cover Up in TDCJ History –Case of the Enchanting Chaplain   www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/Treason.pdf ... 700 pgs, 140MBs, hard copies sent Jan. 2014 to TDCJ, OIG, Texas AG, w DVDs;  unlocked 8-1-2019

www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/Treason-Epilogue.pdf last section of Book of Secrets, Upshaw cleaning

www.PreciousHeart.net/Maness-Faith-Based-Housing.pdf – 50-pgs., Dec. 2011 – whistle blowing compare, really compare Alexander Volokh’s "Do Faith-Based Prisons Work?" 63:1 Alabama Law Review (2011), 43-95:  www.PreciousHeart.net/Volokh-Article.pdf ... both never consulted in TDCJ.

www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/Five-Letters-Polunsky.pdf critical 25-pg fax on 10-29-12 to TDCJ & OIG

Book of Secrets – Pt 2  www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/GoodmanUnit2017.pdf, 180-pg,– unlocked 8-1-19, where a clear racist hiring excluded a retired black combat veteran command chaplain to hire a career laundry man ... weep for Jerusalem.

www.PreciousHeart.net/Chaplaincy/01-Chaplain_Pt_1_Proposal_2000.pdf – Chaplain Professional Equity (CPE)

www.PreciousHeart.net/chaplaincy/01-Chaplain_Pt_2_Timeline_2001.pdf – CPE with RPD hiring violations dating back 20 years!  

www.PrecioiusHeart.net/OIG/Polunsky-Chapel-Supplies-OR-2018.pdf6,500 roles toilet paper 4 yrs, Full of Feces and 54,000 computer copies totally unaccounted

www.PreciousHeart.net/Chaplaincy/FY2018.xlsxstatistics – see Addendum 12 for boat load more

www.PreciousHeart.net/Chaplaincy/FY2018-08-31-4thQ-Religion-of-Prisoners.xlsxstatistics

www.PreciousHeart.net/Chaplaincy/RPD-Quarterlies-2012-2013-2014-2015-All-21-Reports.pdfno statisticss

TDCJ Applications to Cry Over ... where the lowest was chosen too many times

www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/Timothy-Jones-TDCJ-App-7-2018.pdf

www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/Rel-Serv-Apps-ALL.pdf  2019-09-06 - finally, after a year of wrangling and an appeal to the Texas AG, I received the Deputy Director for Religious Services INTERVIEW documents.  And, seen the email response to William Overton, TDCJ asst. counsel, there was an interview prepped for August 10, 2018, but then cancelled;  that is, there was never even an interview with those with more qualification and experience.  Rene Hinojosa and Marvin Dunbar just chose Timothy Jones, because he was best suited to help cover up the Polunsky Twilight Zone chapel.  

www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/Pierce-2000-TDCJ-Application.pdf

www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/Rutledge-TDCJ-Apps-Promotions.pdf

www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/08-Shawn-Wallace-TDCJ-Info-Officer-08-16-2013.MP3 – audio recording of Maness the TDCJ computer tech on Polunsky Twilight Zone - SHOCK why did TBCJ Chairman Oliver Bell meet with a Regional Director and Computer tech on a Polunsky Chapel cleaning of computers? Why did Chairman Bell prevent his OIG from investigating that? Why was then Exec. Dir. Brad Livingston and then Deputy Bryan Collier kept out of the loop of a clean up?

www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/OIG-Investigation-Finale.pdf – Aug. 15, 2017, 30-page letter on OIG investigation to Bryan Collier, Dale Wainwright, TDCJ’s counsel Sharon Howell. Why was my sending no more “books” a BIG issue and not the 700-page Book of Secrets?

 

 

 

 

Documents of Note Related to TDCJ Rehabilitation & Reentry

General TDCJ Operations

Chaplaincy & Volunteers

Texas Sunset Report 2006-07 - TDCJ Another 12 Years - First issue rehabilitation - TX recidivism 30% v. CA 60%

Chaplaincy Healthcare 2001 & Wyatt-Solucient Comparison

TDCJ  Budget Summary 2007

Volunteerism in Texas 2002 - nothing sub. on TDCJ chaplaincy

Texas Governor's Performance Measures 2000

Volunteer Environmental Scan 2001 - nothing sub. on TDCJ chaplaincy

Report or Reentry Policy Council 2004 - 658pp

Baylor Religion Study 2006 & Texas Religion Chart - importance of religion in general to most of the population

Reentry Texas by Urban Institute 2004 - 124pp

California Chaplain Study - 1991 ~ Leadership Complexity

California Chaplain Study - 2001 

Pew Report - Behind Bars 2008 - look at prisons in USA

Wisconsin Chaplaincy Study 1998

Texas State Auditor's Classification Plan for 04-05 - All Jobs

Florida Chaplaincy Study 2001

Texas State Auditor's Classification Plan for 06-07 - All Jobs

Maryland Chaplaincy Expansion Proposal 1992

 

 Inside Corrections - Ok Chaplaincy, Oklahoma Dept. of Corrections (March/April 2012 • 24:2), devoted to Chaplaincy

Texas State Auditor's Correctional Officer's Report

TDCJ Chaplaincy Audit Results 2001 - raw data on 150 TDCJ chaplains

History of In-Prison Programming in the USA 

Faith-based Dorm 5 Years - Alfred Unit - Disciplinaries decrease 

Supporting Documents & Technical Treatises

Highlighted Items   

Professional Correctional Chaplaincy:  Fact or Fiction, by Dr. Vance Drum, Senior Chaplain, Eastham Prison, TDCJ, a paper presented at the 2007 American Correctional Chaplaincy Association convention.

Measuring Prison Chaplaincy Complexity, Maness 2001 Article, Restorative Justice News  

Chaplains & Career Ladder ~  small request to raise 50 of the most senior TDCJ chaplains to Chaplain III;  this would be the first career ladder for TDCJ chaplains in Texas history, even as they recover entire operating costs.

Baylor 2006 Landmark Study of Religion - unique and comprehensive look a religion


Chaplaincy Audit 2001 ~ FIRST in Texas History, the raw data on questionnaires from 136 of the TDCJ's chaplains in November of 2001.  No other more comprehensive look at correctional chaplaincy exists anywhere or to date.  See how they themselves view the profession. 

History of In-Prison Programming in the USA  by Dr. Michael G. Maness, 1997  for his dissertation at New Orleans Seminary

Restorative Justice—America's New Frontier (print ready) and RJ Original Publication - Michael G. Maness, published in Texas Journal of Corrections Vol. 29:4, Nov. 2003


Prison Re-Entry

Report of the Re-Entry Policy Council (2004)  A huge 658-page cross-continental study, see more at www.ReEntryPolicy.org 

Re-Entry in Texas (2004) A good study by the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.

Special Studies

Pew Center on the States - One in 100 Behind Bars 2008 -- comprehensive look at prison in the USA

 

Chaplaincy and Volunteers

COST-Effectiveness ~ Fiscal Impact Statement ~ Chaplains Recover ENTIRE Operating Costs 3x over, irrefutably, even more with thought --Best Kept Secret in Texas  

Chaplaincy Market ~ Texas Chaplains are deserving of Professional Equity

National Chaplaincy Standards ~ TRUE Benchmarks for Success

TDCJ Chaplaincy & ACA Standards ~ THE Pursuit of Excellence involves the American Correctional Association:  Chaplaincy was there from the beginning     

Flannelly, Kevin J., Linda L Emanuel, George F Handzo, Kathleen Galek, Nava R Silton, and Melissa Carlson. “A National Study of Chaplaincy Services and End of Life Outcomes,” BMC Palliative Care 11, no. 10 (July 2012).

 

"16 Killings" Letter to 100+ Stakeholders - 16 Killings in TDCJ 9-20-2023  ~
and another killing right after systemwide lockdown ~ unbelievable

 

TDCJ Chaplaincy's Unmatched Statistics - True & Hidden Treasures

   TDCJ Staff Chaplain Cumulative Stats FYs 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 
      Superlative numbers deserving equity in support  

   TDCJ - RPD Quarterlies, 21 in All - FYs 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
     Staff Chaplain stats not mentioned one single time

Chaplaincy Statistics Cumulative 2010-2011-2012 

Chaplaincy Statistics CLIPPED for FY2010-11  

FY2004 Chaplaincy Stats ~ Compare > FY 2002 ~ FY 2001 ~ FY 2000 ~ FY 1999 ~ FY 1998 These are extraordinary Performance Measures -- here for the first time.  See also the
TX State Auditor's Guide to Performance Measure Management - 2000 ed. 

 

TDCJ Chaplaincy Volunteer Statistics

click to see larger ^

The Independent Sector valued a volunteer’s time at $23 per hour in 2015.  With 560,261 volunteer hours reported in 2012, that is over $13.4 million for one year. Therefore, upon facilitation of volunteers alone, chaplaincy recovers its entire operating costs over three times! Some volunteers are worth much more

TDCJ RPD Division Reports from Marvin Dunbar, Manager III to Director, though reports do not have routing Chaplaincy Overview 2012 - Chaplaincy Overview 2011 - Chaplaincy Overview 2010 Open Record requests did not yield that any of these went to TBCJ

TDCJ Chaplaincy Audit Results 2001 - First in Texas History, the raw data on questionnaires from ALL of TDCJ's 150 chaplains in November of 2000.  See how they themselves view the profession.

 

Primary Chaplaincy Equity Documents ~

Chaplains - Help - with Career Ladder small request to raise 40 of the most senior TDCJ chaplains to Chaplain III;  this would be the first career ladder for TDCJ chaplains in Texas history--and still they recover ENTIRE operating costs.

Chaplain Equity Proposal - Old - 2001 ~ Original proposal that gained support and attained the 1st pay group raise of Texas Chaplains in 35+ years, the initial justification for full Chaplain Professional Equity 

TDCJ Chaplaincy Audit Results 2001 ~ FIRST in Texas History, the raw data on questionnaires from 150 TDCJ's chaplains in November of 2000.  No other more comprehensive look at correctional chaplaincy exists anywhere or to date.  See how they themselves view the profession. 

Cost-Effectiveness -- Chaplains Recover ENTIRE Operating Costs
 3x over, Irrefutably, even more with thought --
Best Kept Secret in Texas  

Chaplaincy Market ~ Without doubt - Texas Chaplains are Long Overdue

History & Value of Correctional Chaplaincy  ~  Emmett Solomon (R.I.P. - 1936-2014)

Carol Vance on Chaplaincy ~ former TDCJ Board Chairman 

Desert Storm & Prison Chaplaincy ~ Senior Chaplain M. Mantooth 

Measuring Prison Chaplaincy Complexity, Maness 2001 Article ~ Restorative Justice News, Sept.-Dec., 2001, by Michael G. Maness  

Chaplain's Job:  Complex & Pervasive ~ Michael G. Maness 

Brown, Leo E., “Prison Chaplaincy,” Inside Corrections (March/April, 2012), 9-33, see www.Ok.gov/doc/documents/marchapril.pdf, the role of prison chaplaincy in Oklahoma, the whole issue devoted to highlighting chaplaincy--superb article!

Professional Correctional Chaplaincy:  Fact or Fiction, by Dr. Vance Drum, Senior Chaplain, Eastham Prison, TDCJ, a paper presented at the 2007 American Correctional Chaplaincy Association convention.

Professional Chaplaincy:  Role in Healthcare 2001 - no photos 
One of the
most significant pieces of work on the contribution of professional chaplaincy by the largest collection of cross-disciplinary chaplaincy professionals as a joint statement by the ACPE, APC, CAPPE, NACC and NAJC, a thought provoking look at the complexity and depth of service by a professional chaplaincy.  " The first joint statement on this subject prepared by the five largest healthcare chaplaincy organizations in North America representing over 10,000 members.  As a consensus paper, it presents the perspectives of these bodies on the spiritual care they provide for the benefit of individuals, healthcare organizations and communities." 
FULL Version > Professional Chaplaincy Role 2001 - 2.5 Mgs ** 
See site of origin >
www.healthcarechaplaincy.org/publications/publications/white_paper_05.22.01/index.html

Impact of Inmate Participation In Chaplaincy Programs 
Florida DOC 2001 document a clear correlation between inmate chapel attendance and institutional adjustment, namely, lower disciplinary reports.  Chapel attendance was tracked for the months of July, August and September 2001 and compared with statewide disciplinary reports on prisoners.  The result is incontrovertible:  Chapel attendance by inmates positively effects the institution with as much as 2/3 less disciplinary reports for those who attend 10+ times a month.    

Watson-Wyatt vs. Solucient Surveys - the most significant data source used by the Texas State Auditor's office on Chaplains was from the Watson-Wyatt survey, yet the survey is grossly inadequate to discern a true market for chaplains. Watson-Wyatt list of 551 hospitals is compared to the "Top 100 Hospitals" selected by Solucient, where Solucient's 460 Top 100 are culled from 3,000+ hospitals from 1993-2000, as well as 18 of the 20 largest pharmaceutical manufacturers in the US (all the US hospitals reporting to Medicare):  astounding is the fact that so few of Watson-Wyatt hospitals appear in any Solucient Top 100.

Prison Ministries - Partial List of TDCJ Chaplains' Network - 700+  

 "16 Killings" Letter to 100+ Stakeholders - 16 Killings in TDCJ 9-20-2023  ~
and another killing right after systemwide lockdown ~
unbelievable  

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TDCJ Chaplaincy Statistics - not published by TDCJ, ever, to anyone

FY2012-Chaplaincy ~ FY2011 ~ FY2010 < these as given for volunteers only - no time to consolidate yet  
~ FY2004 ~
FY 2002 ~ FY 2001 ~ FY 2000 ~ FY 1999 ~ FY 1998 ~
These are extraordinary Performance Measures -- here for the first time. 
--See TX State Auditor's Guide to Performance Measure Management 2000 Ed. 

    NEW:  TDCJ Staff Chaplain Cumulative Stats FYs 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 
      Superlative numbers deserving equity in support  

    NEW:  TDCJ - RPD Quarterlies, 21 in All - FYs 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
     Staff Chaplain stats not mentioned one single time

 

TDCJ RPD Division Reports from Marvin Dunbar, Manager III to Director, though reports do not have routing 
Chaplaincy Overview 2012 - Chaplaincy Overview 2011 - Chaplaincy Overview 2010 
Open Record requests did not yield that any of these went to TBCJ

 

TDCJ Cumulative Statistics on Chaplaincy 2012-2011-2010 - Extraordinary Service

TDCJ Cumulative Statistics CLIPPED for FY2010-11  

 

See the Independent Sector's Valuation of Volunteer Service - $23 per hour in 2015
www.IndependentSector.org/volunteer_time  As chaplains facilitate volunteers, there is a two-fold cost recovery on that alone.  And many volunteers are worth much more than that, and chaplaincy contributes much more.  

 

Prison Unit Employee Pay Equity ~ How "attrition" is not the best excuse to give raises

TDCJ & Texas State General Information

Prison Unit Employee Pay Equity ~
How "Attrition" is a poor excuse to give raises

State Classification Proposal for 2000-2001** ~ This was the proposal offered to the 77th Legislative Session.  Chaplains are on page 40.  Beyond this proposal, our Legislators in 2001 gave a one pay group raise to State Chaplains, the first in 40+ years.  Also beyond this proposal, the Correctional Officers of our prisons received a career ladder up to 5 levels from 3 - somewhat paralleling what proposal was offering Juvenile Correctional Officers.

2002-09-22 Letter to Gary Johnson asking for Moratorium on Hiring Director of Chaplains because of hiring improprieties. 

2004-2005 Proposed Changes to State Classification Schedule --
Chaplaincy Left Out Again --
Surprising Adjustments and Rationale that makes CHAPLAIN Professional EQUITY all the more reasonable --

Auditor's Correctional Officer's Report ** ~
The State Auditors report on Correctional Officer Staffing, needs, assessments, etc., that does NOT necessarily reflect the experience of the officers themselves.  They could have done better for our staff -- namely focused attention on how to increase pay in proportion to the "value" of their service to the state of Texas.  For instance, there is much well analyzed data on raw facts but nearly nothing done on the complexity or stresses of the job or how that job impacts the overall effectiveness of the TDCJ's mission statement. 

TX State Auditor's Guide to Performance Measure Management 2002 edition **HOW performance measures are SUPPOSED to be used

Texas State Auditor's Methodology Manual - Frames ~ No Frames ~ This is how they do what they do - expansive AND informative to Chaplain Professional Equity ** 
            
** NEEDs Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0  < Free>  click here 

http://TDCJ.state.tx.us/  ~  http://www.CAPITOLstate.tx.us/  ~ 

http://www.SAO.state.tx.us/  ~  http://www.TXDirectory.com/  ~ 

http://www.LBB.state.tx.us/  ~  http://www.STATE.tx.us/ 

Where "Professional Equity" Began

Chaplains Speak:  Education & Experience Second to None 

Rationale for Professional Equity for Chaplains ~ M.G. Maness 

WHY for Chaplains ~ M.G. Maness 

Watershed History ~ Where & When it all began 

First Pay Scale Comparison ~ To TX Representative Ellis
showing odd differences & asking basic questions 

Chaplains Get a Small Boost ~ RJN article, May-Aug., 2001: from Texas Senate & House to a conference committee, "how" we got a the 1st pay group raise for state chaplains in state history, not yet Professional Equity, but a nice boost

U.S. Army Chaplaincy Program

U.S. Army Chaplaincy Constitutional Defense ~   

U.S. Army Chaplaincy History ~ the BEST history of any Professional Chaplaincy Organization in the World -- bar none -- extraordinary 

Where Prison Chaplaincy Began:  History & Theory 

Chaplaincy:  Greatest Story 'Never' Told ~ David B. Plummer   

Etymology of "Chaplain" ~ Michael G. Maness history and etymology of word "chaplain"

Chaplain as Representative of the Transcendent ~ Guy Greenfield 

History of In-Prison Programming in America ~ M.G. Maness 

  Chaplaincy Studies

Relevant Technical Studies & Other Info ~

new PBS Documentary,

"How Chaplains 'Lean into Painful Places'" article in Huffington Post, by Adelle M. Banks of Religion News Service (11-2-15, 7:47 pm), summing and telling about PBS Documentary 

Strategic Plan to Reduce Crime Through a Public/Private Partnership
Proposal to Build Prison Chapels
** ~
Frank Graham & Chapel of Hope Huge, noble effort to build free standing chapels in ALL Texas Prisons 

Congress on Ministry in Specialized Settings (COMISS) Report 1992, sent to all TDCJ Chaplains in 1993 - sage advice still relevant

California Chaplain Study - 1991 ~ Chaplain Leadership Complexity 

California Chaplain Study - 2001 ~ Chaplain Leadership Complexity 

Marsh v. Chambers 1983 ~ Supreme Court decision supporting state paid chaplains to open Nebraska's legislature with prayer

Maryland Chaplaincy Expansion Proposal 1992 ~ Sociologically Poignant 

Wisconsin 1998 Faith-Based Approaches** ~ Chaplaincy First  

Brown, Leo E., “Prison Chaplaincy,” Inside Corrections (March/April, 2012), 9-33, see www.Ok.gov/doc/documents/marchapril.pdf, the role of prison chaplaincy in Oklahoma, the whole issue devoted to highlighting chaplaincy--superb article!


Major Chaplaincy Networks & Training

Clinical Training & Networks

Association of Clinical Pastoral Education ~ Find ACPE Center  

Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training

Health Care Chaplaincy Network & CPE.org

Spiritual Care Association

Chaplain Connection

Major Chaplain Certifications

American Correctional Chaplains Association

Association of Certified Christian Chaplains

Association of Professional Chaplains

Canadian Association for Spiritual Care

Center for Spiritual Care & Pastoral Formation

College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy

Healthcare Chaplains Ministry Association

International Association of Christian Chaplains

National Association of Catholic Chaplains

National Association of Veterans Affairs Chaplains

National Conference of Veterans Affairs Catholic Chaplains

Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains

National Institute of Business and Industrial Chaplains    



"16 Killings" Letter to 100+ Stakeholders - 16 Killings in TDCJ 9-2023  ~
and another killing right after systemwide lockdown
see tracking for 100+ here  ~

 

Polunsky Security Camera Data - Wardens KNEW about Twilight Zone

Polunsky Security Cameras:

See then TDCJ Michelle Lyons' 2011 article

           www.SecurityInfoWatch.com/news/10534358/texas-prisons-migrate-to-network-video. 

Compare with STS360’s VP Jessica Clark’s 2013 article

          http://security-today.com/Articles/2013/09/01/Behind-the-Bars.aspx

See www.PreiousHeart.net/OIG/Clark-2013.pdf and www.PreciousHeart.net/OIG/Lyons-2011.pdf,

in case any of the primary sources change the original addresses to the articles.


NEW --- 70 TBCJ Summary Reports 2007 to 2019
with Chaplaincy Word Frequency Analysis
Not One Actionable Response to a Public Comment in 12 Years!

by Michael G. Maness
author of How We Saved Texas Prison Chaplaincy 2011

See PDF with all 70 summaries in 895 searchable pages here: 

www.PreciousHeart.net/chaplaincy/TBCJ_2007-2019.pdf

These 70 Texas Board of Criminal Justice meeting summaries cover March 2007 to Feb. 2019—12 years—TBCJ meeting #130 to #203.  At each meeting, each board member had a stack of other material related to each agenda item.  Most summaries are 10-15 pages, for 895 pages in all, with 300,482 words. Of the 12 years from.

TDCJ Links to each report from March 2007 to Feb. 2019 at www.TDCJ.Texas.gov

February 08, 2019 ~ December 13, 2018 ~ October 18, 2018 ~ August 24, 2018 ~ June 29, 2018 ~ April 20, 2018 ~ February 23, 2018 ~ December 15, 2017 ~ October 19, 2017 ~ August 25, 2017 ~ June 30, 2017 ~ April 06, 2017 ~ February 10, 2017 ~ December 09, 2016 ~ October 18, 2016 ~ ugust 18, 2016 ~ June 24, 2016 ~ April 15, 2016 ~ February 19, 2016 ~ December 15, 2015 ~ October 15, 2015 ~ August 07, 2015 ~ June 10, 2015 ~ April 17, 2015 ~ February 20, 2015 ~ December 5, 2014 ~ October 9, 2014 ~ August 22, 2014  

 

How We Saved Texas Prison Chaplaincy 2011

Author of
How We Saved Texas Prison Chaplaincy 2011
Immeasurable Value of Religion, Volunteers and Their Chaplains
email author:  Michael G. Maness

Forewords by

Frank E. Graham Jr., Founder and President, Chapel of Hope

Jerry A. Madden, Senior Fellow, Right on Crime;  Chair, Texas House Committee on Corrections 2005-09 and 2011-12

Carol S. Vance, Former Chairman of the TBCJ;  Harris County District Attorney, 1966-79

Dr. Keith Bellamy, Senior Minister, Woodville Church of Christ;  TDCJCertified Volunteer Chaplain and Chaplain of Tyler County

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 Caveman Cartoon

^ Used with Permission ^

TDCJ has regularly deleted critical sociological records for 25-plus years,
including records of chaplaincy and records of violence

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"16 Killings" Letter to 100+ Stakeholders - 16 Killings in TDCJ 9-20-2023  ~
and another killing right after systemwide lockdown ~ unbelievable

 "TDCJ Delusion Deposition" Letter 1-15-24 to 115 Stakeholders
outline of 25 years of documents of nefariousness, esp. in Programs Division
directed to new TBCJ Chairman Eric Nichols

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