What's Happening at CCA's Mineral Wells Prison?

Several readers have contacted us over the last month with concerns about developments at Corrections Corporation of America's Mineral Wells pre-parole transfer facility. The facility, housing state prisoners awaiting transfer, was the site of a major multi-day disturbance last fall.

This time readers, including some with family members in the prison, are worried that CCA is constructing metal coverings over the dorm windows, creating a safety hazard. One reader sent pictures to illustrate the point.

Mineral Wells Dorm Before Metal On WindowsMineral Wells Dorm Before Metal On Windows

Mineral Wells Dorm with Metal Over WindowsMineral Wells Dorm with Metal Over Windows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clearly, conditions that make prisoners and families feel unsafe are not good in prisons, a special importance at a facility like Mineral Wells which has experienced some major disturbances in the past years. We'll keep you posted on developments from Mineral Wells In the meantime, read our previous posts about Mineral Wells:

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And by the way...

The metal windows prevent offenders from throwing harmful objects at the officers and also protect the offenders from being tossed out a third floor window. My son witnessed the latter a few years ago. These are felons, so stop whining, it is not a country club. My son got through it without all this unecessary complaining. Feel blessed they have windows and aren't in tents.

Mineral Wells - window shutters

The shutters are for the protection of staff. During disturbances the inmates were throwing sand and rock filled soda bottles at staff as well as objects they got by destroying furniture and televisions. The shutters are to take care of a safety hazard.

metal shutters

You say you dont care, well go figure, you are the reason they put the damn things up to BEGIN with. There are problems at MWPPTF, sure, alot, and I do mean ALOT brought on by the ofenders themselvfes. Before you even start with "dirty guards" or other such BS, make sure you get ALL the facts from BOTH sides, which your attitude says you WONT. There have been MANY MANY firings of the bad apples in an effort to get in quality people who care about the job, the WHOLE job. Officers where being speared with broken flourescent light bulbs thrown from offenders on the upper floors and other items such as broken furniture peices, large rocks, and pieces of cinder block. When searches of the holes in the ceilings, used by offenders to hide contraband and illegal homemade hooch and weapons, offenders began booby trapping those areas with homemade traps made of soap and razor blades. "hey boss can i get a razor I need to shave" means I need to tear it apart and make a single blade for cutting or making a comb knife( which some use to give prison haircuts with). Same comb knife can be used to cut someone.. hello? Anyone listening? Of course not, too busy hearing only one side from of all people, CONVICTED CRIMINALS. At least be honest and fair about it and give BOTH sides. There are more folks just trying to get by and get the hell out from behind ANY form of imprisonment and back to their familys. The rest, well look up the word "hellraisers" in a prison officers dictionary, the definition will explain all you need to know.

Blah Blah Blah

I was an inmate at this place and I pretty much kept to myself. My offense was white color and was thrown in prison with murders, drug dealers etc. I can honestly say that I did meet a few men who where down to earth at this facility. As for the crap that went inside behind the prison gate was comical to me. You see this facitlity and TDCJ units that I was on before being transferred to Mineral Wells are so corrupt. Yes the inmates get restless because you pretty much sit on your ass day after day. So they come up with things in there mind to do or to keep them preoccupied. What was interesting to me as I spent my time at this places was how the guards enjoyed to punish and inmate/inmates if they caught them doing wrong. Thing is the guards were the ones that usually provoked inmates. The guards famous words to us were "your my bitch" and you will do as your told. As for the counterband, the majority of it was brought in from the guards. I saw this happening all the time. Anyway I must admit  that Mineral Wells was a more relaxed enviorment as opposed to TDCJ...I do have to say that my hat does go of to the empolyees at Mineral Wells...They have to put up with all sorts of matters in that unit.  But don't forget that the problems are caused within the employees  themselves.

what dorm where you in 770 

what dorm where you in 770

 

hi

hey i have some questions about this ficility and how it works. My husband is there now and has been there for a while. I just want some feed back on this prison email me back and what dorm were you in and when were you there.

this is an idiotic post to

this is an idiotic post to begin with.....that is probably the nicest prison to be in ...in Texas period.....if you think those window coverings are dangerous there why dont you go take a tour of say Hughes unit and tell me what you think of the conditions and safety. I was in this place back in 2005 and its nothing but a bunch of huge apartment looking buildings with absolute minimum security with maybe 2 guards at any given time to an entire building(which houses around 300 inmates....thats more of a safety issue than any damn metal being put over windows most prisoners dont even get to begin with!

DUMB ASS JUDGES!!!

THIS JAIL IS SO STUPID!!!! MY HUSBAND HAS BEEN THERE FOR ONE YEAR AND HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE OUT ON PAROLE TOMORROW BUT THE IDIOTS WHO VOTED ON HIM DENIED HIS PAROL. HE HAS BEEN REALLY GOOD AND KEEPING TO HIMSELF.. DOING CLASSES AND EVERYTHING HE IS TOLD. HE IS IN THERE FOR A PISTOL CASE BUT HE WAS CAUGHT WITH THE GUN WHEN THE WHOLE HURRICANE THING WAS GOING ON SO EVERYON HAD A GUN CAUSE ALL THE LIGHTS IN ALL THE NEIGHBORHOODS OUT HERE WERE OFF AND PEOPLE WERE GETTING JACKED. HE WAS JUST TRYING TO STAY PROTECTED FOR ME AND OUR FAMILY. ONE YEAR IS ENOUGH!!!! HE HAD FRIENDS IN THERE THTAT WERE IN THERE FOR WAY WORSE THINGS AND THEY LEFT BEFORE HIM.. I HATE THIS JAIL AND THEIR STUPID IDIOTIC JUDGES. THEM ASSHOLES ARE GONNA HAVE HORRIBLE LIVES FOR BEING SO FUCKIN STUPID AND MAKIN A MAN STAY IN THERE FOR SO LONG OVER SOMETHING SO STUPID.

THEYRE TRYING TO KEEP US

THEYRE TRYING TO KEEP US DOWN.. BUT U KNOW WHAT? FUCK YALL BITCHES!!!!! THIS IS THE WORST PLACE A MAN CAN BE.. I KNOW THE JAIL IS EASY TO BE AT, BUT THEY DONT EVER WANT TO LET THE GUYS GO CAUSE THEYRE MAKING MONEY OFF OF THEM. IF UR MAN IS IN HERE AND HES WAITING FOR PAROLE.. GOOD LUCK. THOSE BITCHES DONT WANNA LET THEM GUYS OUT OF THERE. TRY TO HAVE HIM MOVED SOMEWHERE ELSE....

i dont know nothing

i dont know nothing about mineral wells but my husband is there and so far i have heard alot of bad things about that place. is it really a bad place?

mineral wells

my brother is in mineral wells prison awaiting his parole date and tells me this is the 2nd roughest prison in texas is this true

That is a total lie ! Mineral

That is a total lie ! Mineral Wells is known as a Hug A Thug Facility. Toughest prison my ass tell him to stop being such a lil bitch.

i just visited my husband in

i just visited my husband in this prison and he said the same thing that it was the 2nd baddest prison but he says hed rather spend the rest of his time here then anywhere else

are the man and females

are the man and females together in her are they seperate

no females there only the

no females there only the employees

my husband is there awaiting

my husband is there awaiting parole and so far so good.  The first time around he was denied....But in cases like this you have to give it to GOD and let HIM handle it.  Everything happens for a reason... But when he do come home............

Give it to God?

I did 22 years in prison for a crime I did not commit, so do not try telling  anyone to put something in God's hands! He has the slipperiest hands I have ever beheld! I put my  situation in his hands and got a 30 year sentence.

As for the conditions in ANY prison, yes, some of the bad comes from the corrupt guards and some from the inmates, but I have yet to see  a guard start  a riot. I have seen guards gang up on  an inmate and beat and kick him to death though,  and they got their just rewards in the end - but not from god! Good luck on your wait for your husband's release, and put it in the hands of the corrupt parole board instead of god  because THEY are the ones to vote him in or out!!!!

well !!!!

WOW WELL THEY JUST TRANSFERRED MY HUSBAND THEIR BECAUSE HE HAS LIKE 3 MONTHS UNTIL HE GETS OUT I THINK ! IM HOPING THEY WILL NOT LEAVE HIM THEIR FOREVER .... I KNOW HE IS ONLY SUPPOSE TA GET 1 AND A HALF BUT HE HAS BEEN LOCKED UP FOR A YEAR ALREADY ... ND THEY TOLD HIM THE REASON WHY HE IS THEIR IS BECAUSE HE WILL BE WAITING FOR HIS PAROLE HEARING AND THAT HE SHOULD BE GETTING IT SOMETIME SOON .... BUT WELL IT WOULD REALLY SUCK IF THEY KEEP HIM THEIR FOR MORE THAN THREE MONTHS !!!!! I TALKED TO HIM AND HE SAID THAT ITS NOT THAT BAD ITS A LOT BETTER THEN BEING SOME WERE ELSE ... i AGREE IF YOU KEEP TO YOURSELF THINGS SHOULD BE JUST FINE ! ITS JUST A LESSON LEARNED ANDS THOSE WHO ARE THEIR FOR SELF DEFFENSE OR WAT EVER I FEEL FOR THEM :( SOME DESERVE BEING THEIR FOR THE ACTIONS THEY HAVE CHOSE TO DO BUT SOME JUST DONT DESERVE THAT ....PRAY IS WAT IM DOING BECAUSE WE BASICALLY ARE DOING TIME WITH THEM AWATING THEIR TIME TA COME HOME !

My husband

My husband just got sent there and he say its better than where he was, now he just have to wait to see parole and hopefully that be sometimes soon.... I'm so ready for him to come home he has missed a lot in my life all the celebrations from my career to family events everything that i know he wants to be apart of.....I just thank GOD that he is okay cause things could have been way worser for him......

cca

My B/F is there and it is not so bad. The dorm he was in was full of gang members and they were rough, but he ask to be moved and they moved him to the faith unit. What I see is the employees are stupid. They change the rules every week. Visitation is a joke. You get there and stand across the street till they come get your paper work, then you wait till they call your number. I go every week and I have had to wait at least 2 hours each time to see him. The guards don't know which end is up half the time. One women guard stood and watched the men take showers while she rubbed herself, then when one of the men said something to her, she got him sent back to TDCJ with extra time. The guards are real young or they are real old. They act as though they have no training what so ever and are just there for a pay check. The mail sucks, takes them forever to post money on the books. I hate it, but I know his time is short and we are just holding our breath that things will stay quite till he gets out.

glad to be free

well, im finally free and its not that bad of a place! whats up to all the gaurds and inmates! hello to all the lovely nurses i miss you all! im doing good,got 2 jobs and spending time with my kids! i cant ask for anything better. good luck to you all!                                                much love,          dennis mcnutt  #1558435 772

Thank you

My mom retired from CCA as a nurse. Her sister works out there still. The nurses do not get enough credit for the hard work they do. I just wanted to thank you for your kind words.

I was an inmate there and yes

I was an inmate there and yes the nurses did a great job.

my husband

My husband just got moved to mineral wells like 2weeks ago..he says that the food sucks there and the fact that he has a headcold.He has told me that they dont want to give him medication aside from his seizure pills. He already want to his parole hearing but now has to wait 6 to 8 weeks to get a response. I just really want him to get home already because me and my family miss him very much. I LOVE JR  

Its all a lie.

The lady shows up at the door.. saying "45 days from this date" they said it was 100% that my big brother was comeing home. Every night he calls, never with good news, Never a date, and he never wants to lie to me and say "see ya soon" because he knows just like everyone else that has been promised a date, ANYTHING can change last minute.  three seconds till your our the door, before they are "calling count". takes up to three hours to even vist my brother. becuase the officers mess up count, so they say. maybe there is a need to hire some new officers, if they can even be called that. go back to elm. and lean your 1,2,3's? they want the money they get from keeping them there. all i know. is. i want my big brother home... love you man.

CCA

everyone says that the offenders are kept there for the money however this facility only gets 35 a day per inmate. so to everyone that says they keep them for the money it's all B.S. for every one released one comes in. and as count goes yeah some officers screw up but most of the time it's the captain that doesn't pay attention and over looks an out count sheet, i work there so i know

And that's why....

For All Yall complaining,

And that is why they call it PRISON. This is not supposed to be a vacation. They are not staying at the Holiday Inn Express or even some dirty cheap ass hotel. What ever it is they did to get into this place, well should of thought about it a lil more. Shit happens, I know. I could probably do something stuped myself tomorrow. And you what, If you do the crime you do the time or whatever that saying is, Bet all the inmates know the correct saying. Again, Its Prison Bitches. It's not suppose to be a place for good times.

Shitty Attitude

I did time for a crime I did not do, so FUCK YOU ASSHOLE! You hve no idea what you are talking about.

fuck all the gaurds that work

fuck all the gaurds that work at this place if i see yall in the street im running you over

 

Not all the guards there were

Not all the guards there were bad, they would make shit up to get rid of the good officers.

CCA Unbelievable

The problem with this place is there is to many higher ups trying to be the boss. They change the rules on a daily basis. Yes I agree there is some bad officers but there was some very good officers to. We had one good officer that ran our dorm and she did it very well. She never kicked our bunks, always talked to us and not just yell and scream at us like alot of the other officers. We always got our mail right away, and she always went floor to floor to let us know when school was called, chow, church, or time for us to get to work. Because she was a good officer others seen that as a problem, I knew she had an issue with one officer because when she would work with him her whole attitude changed, not to us inmates but like she feared him. I knew that officer was being assualted by that officer on a daily basis, because I over heard her conversation to another female officer, that she was to scared to say anything in fear for her children and her job. I watched that go on for months. But who was going to listen to a new officer.  Then to hear the same officer raped another officer, just blows my mind. But yet his wife still works out there and they all act like nothing like that happens at their prison. Bullshit. Yes there is officers that take stuff in and seems like one of the captians should look at his own brother for being the biggest dirty officer there. 

THIS PLACE

I too was an inmate at this facility, In fact I was there for the riot in 07, Matter of fact they were still on lockdown the day I left.  The facility is in every sense a joke.  The guars have no control. There is alot of gang activity. They have nothing to occupy an inmates time, There fore the riot. Pretty much a new chief came in and changed the rules to her liking about the T shirts and alot of guys just was tired of all the crap that goes on here.  Always fights, Guards dont know it. They happen on 3rd floor never see them, However it is an ok place to just do time. If you look for trouble you will find it, Keep to yourself and youre ok.  I agree about one thing the notion they want to keep inmates there for the money is silly. Believe me they Parole 5 they bring in 7 the same day, So it stays full. And whats more amazing? People seem to keep lining up to get in. I was in Dorm 770 so it was not all bad.  All things considered would have rather stayed in TDCJ. Been out since Sept 07 2007.

Mineral Wells is HELL

What is this place ? My brother is a inmate there.  He's been there since April 2010.  He was denied parole September 2010.  He's just like anyone else, denied parole!  Seems like all the stories I've read behind this, everyone gets denied here.  I thought this was suppose to be a PRE-PAROLE TRANSFER UNIT???  His projected release date was 10/20/2010, but they denied him parole so that's not happening now.  His next review in Sept 2011.  So I wait another year to see if he's going to make parole.  From talking to him, he said all other inmates got denied as well.  From doing some research and reading online only 1 out of 10 get released and 90% get denied.  Seems like that information is true since my brother got denied along with other inmates.  Why aren't they releasing these inmates ???  Why call it a pre-parole unit?  And from what I read, they are not releasing the inmates because the guards get paid $50 a day, per inmate and there are 2100 inmates at Mineral Wells??  The revenue there is $20-50 million a year.  So what's really going on?  Are they not releasing because that's how they make their money???   ON the bright side, he said the place is not so bad, min security, he just wants to come home to his family.  He's tired of being locked up and is ready to come home.  And to hear now, that no one gets release here just makes it more frustrating and disappointing for everyone including him.  I saw him this past weekend, have to say the staff is nice, the drive is long 5.5 hrs away to see him for a 2hr visit.  I'm just afraid he'll never be release after reading all of this online.  There's a good article titled: Inmates fight the prison pre-parole system on dallasnews.com, if anyone wants to go there and read this.  He did tell me this place is under investigation for that reason, so guess we'll see what happens.

All I can say is I'm going to leave it in God's hands and continue to pray. 

Hang in there bro!  I love you!

wtf? WHy dis jail, a piece of shit jail???

i have my little brother is this jail, but all i hear is that this jail is hell, and will not get released for some reason or another!!! He had his pre-parole in November , and yet no news yet> What worries us even more is that he hasnt even called us in like 2 weeks, when he used to call all the time. This shit is getting us worried, aside of that pist as all we hear is that the damn guard make there money from the inmate count. <- that is just BULLSHIT>>>> My little brother isnt a bad person , and "God willing he will be out soon>>> For all i care this is a pathetic jail, as it seems like a money making place, when an inmate has done his said time> WTF? this needs to change> as those people go home each day to there families, wed like to have our back too. BITCHES

CCA

CCA is a prison with dirty officers, and being an officer here i would like to say that just because a majority of the female officers on this facility do get caught being dirty, as a female i want to say that it is girls like that who give me and every other good female officers a bad name. I have seen officers start shit with inmate, but also remember that the inmates are just as bad with running thire mouths. the sort team dose thire job, yet they r hated for it. I respect the inmates untill they disrespect me and they love to push your bottons to get a rise out of u. CCA is not the best facility, but its not the worst... the food is horrible.

If you think Mineral Wells is

If you think Mineral Wells is bad you hav'nt been around the prison system much. It's a cake walk compaired to the unit I work at.

confused!!!

I have to agree with Mineral Wells is HELL my son was 17 when he got burglary of a habitat. Thats it, no juvinile record, no gang activity, no tatoos, no piercings clean cut kid... he just got caught doing something that could have cost him his life. they gave him 5 yrs probation, well less than 3 months he revoked his probation. They gave him 4 yrs with 1 yr severed the whole time he was waiting for his mother to pay his lawyer to take it to trial (12months in FT Bend Co). His lawyer said with a 1/4 time served in County that would come of his time and be eligiable for parole as soon as he got into the prison system. Well its been 6 months and hes been in 3 different locations since. He was up for parole 1 month ago it was denied now he has to wait until Oct 2011 for another parole hearing.I dont know why he wasnt released if the prison system is supose to be FULL. Seems to me like they just dont release you the first parloe hearing.

 

wait and see

My boyfriend is there right now. He has said nothing but positive things about it. Says it's the best facility he has been in the last 2 years. The only thing he complains about is the count and privacy. But he is the type that would keep anything from me that would upset me or make me worry. But after reading all these posts..especially from a guard that works there..i have a few questions for him. Won't sleep easy la noche. He should find out the beginning of August when he will be released.

looking for an inmate

I am looking for inmate

douglas Hickman dob 07 28 71 blackmale

Can someone help

I need your help plz

This isnt easy for me but I have no place to turn for help. My son 19 yrs old has been sent to prison for 25 yrs. He was charched for a murder he didnt do. The gave the guy that did shoot a man life in prison. But this is what Im facing.He was 15 at the time and served 3 yrs in tyc. They didnt give him any credit for that time, But stillthis is my point. By now you think I would have been able to except the fact my son isnt coming home and it kills me inside to know what he is going throgh. I cry all the time and cant get over it. Everone in my family seams like it never botherd them and they just tell me I need to stop crying. So I try to stay away from family now, but my biggest problem is going to see my son. I cant hold back the tears and its so hard to have to leave him behand. I hear so many bad things that go on in prison I wonder if he will make it out alive. He is a slow learner and has trouble with reading and writing. He is also with mental problems and they are already taking him off his meds and making him feel bad and then writing him up because he cant do the things he needs to do. He has been in prison now a month and things are not better with him or me. Can any one tell me if things will get better?

Unless you gone through this you have no idea what im going through. I feel like I lost a son to death but he is still alive living in hell.

Any help you can give is much appreciated.

Talking to a shrink is out the window. They dont have a clue how I feel.

question

Does anyone know who I go about getting special visitation being I live over 300 miles from the unit?

I just let my family member

I just let my family member know a few weeks in advance so he can let whom ever know bc theres a paper the inmate fills out and has to turn it in b4 or by Mondays so you the visitor can visit for 4 hrs instead of 2 hrs bc you have traveled over 300 or more miles.

Free my cuz Joshua Macias

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TANGO BLAST

I WAS ON CCA FROM 2005 TO 2007 I LIVED IN 767 I WAS THERE AND SEEN IT WITH MY OWN EYES WHEN THEY PUT UP THE METAL WINDOWS. IT WAS BAD IF YOU LET IT BE YOU IF  KNOW HOW TO PASS TIME THEM YOUR GOOD BUT FUCK THEM BITCHES ALL THE LAWS THERE ARE FUCKED UP THEY PLAY GAMES LIKE LITTEL KIDS FOR ALL YALL TRYING TO FIND EVERYTHING OUT ABOUT THIS PLACE ITS FUCKED UP AND IF YOU AINT BLASTIN THEN YOU AINT LASTIN. FOR ALL YALL HOMEBOYS KEEP YOUR HEDAD UP BLAST TO THE FULLEST KEEP YOUR HEAD. HOMEBOY CASPER

wells

i just got out and the laws are bitchs and im rolled solo in 767 and i did last you just have to have heart but stay up my nggas fron the Tripple D  (edogg) oh and fuck odell

solo

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dirty female officers

so i just want to know does the female officers sleep with the inmated too or what and what is a serve all of three year?

 

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