When Texas Prison Scams Religion

Texas Board of Criminal Justice's 25-year Legacy of Cover Ups

by Michael G. Maness



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/22/2023

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 894
ISBN : 9781728377544
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 894
ISBN : 9781728377537
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 962
ISBN : 9781728377551

About the Book

When Texas Prison Scams Religion exposes corruption in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, especially in the abuse of religion. In many ways, this book is a literature review of 1,800-plus works that defends freedom of conscience in prison while exposing the unconstitutionality of the seminary program that “buys faith with favor” from prisoners. The state veritably ordains the prisoner a “Field Minister” that represents the offices of the Governor, TDCJ Director, and wardens throughout the prison. Therein, TDCJ lies about neutrality in a program all about Christian missions and lies again in falsely certifying elementary Bible students as counselors. Why is the director sponsoring psychopaths counseling psychopaths? In fact, TDCJ pays $314 million a year to UTMB for psychiatric care and receives not a single report of the care given, and worse, for UTMB generates no reports itself. The underbelly TDCJ’s executive culture of cover up is exposed. TDCJ has hired the lowest qualified of the applicant pool many times in the last 25 years and regularly destroys statistics on violence. TDCJ Dir. Collier led the prison to model Louisiana Warden Burl Cain, the most scandal-ridden in penal history according to a host of published news stories for 20 years. Therein, Collier led TDCJ to favor the smallest segment of religious society within Evangelical Dominionism. Texas has no business endorsing the truth of any religion over another. We close with a proposal that utilizes the 400,000,000 hours of officer contact over ten years as a definitive influence in contrast to a commissioner that spends less than 10 minutes on each decision. Maness has been lobbying Austin for 15 years to definitively access staff for his “100,000 Mothers’ 1% Certainty Parole Texas Constitutional Amendment,” which would revolutionize prison culture and save Texans millions of the dollars.

About the Author

Maness is a 20-year retired Texas Department of Criminal Justice senior clinical chaplain, life member of the American Correctional Chaplains Association, and the author of over 11 books and 100 articles, including several exposés, including the Book of Secrets on the Longest Cover Up in TDCJ History (2013) and the TDCJ Deep State Report (2019). He successfully lobbied in Austin for state chaplains three times, the first in 2001 that won the first group pay increase in 40-plus years for state chaplains. In 2007, he led the effort that won back 25 of the 50 chaplain jobs that were cut by TDCJ in 2003. When TDCJ killed the chaplaincy in the 2011 budget, he led the effort in Austin that won back the entire chaplaincy budget, that history recorded in How We Saved Texas Prison Chaplaincy 2011 (2015) with four forewords, including then Texas House Corrections Committee Chairman Jerry Madden. Maness spent 20 years as the senior chaplain of the Gib Lewis State Prison in Woodville, Texas, that housed over 2,300 minimum, medium, and high security prisoners. He has facilitated the religious needs of all the major faiths and a host of others and over 100 fantastic religious volunteers. Maness facilitated over 5,000 death and critical illness messages and earned a host of certificates and awards for training after earning a M.Div. from SWBTS and a D.Min. from NOBTS, with a dissertation that proved that prisoners could learn the basic skills of empathy. In the 1990s, he wrote the first Prison Volunteer Handbook that was used by several prisons until TDCJ developed its own manual which utilized much the same information. His website, PreciousHeart.net, has one the largest archives on prison chaplaincy in the world and the largest in Texas.