No undertaking of this magnitude can be accomplished without assistance and support from numerous individuals.
We would first like to thank those Texas Department of Corrections (TDC) officials who opened the door for us when we first began this project. For nearly a decade, TDC administrators, officers, and staff have been extremely open and inviting to us, despite our constant pestering. Sherman Bell took the time to meet with us and supported our project from the beginning. Ron Steffa and Wendy Ingram helped us to navigate initial barriers to our research. Amy Clute was invaluable to the research in the beginning stages and served as the link to many other TDC administrators, officers, and staff that benefited this research. Dimitria Pope and Marty Martin were extremely helpful to us when we approached TDC for a second time in 2005. Karen Hall, Brenda Riley, and Riley Tilley, of TDC Executive Services, assisted in the final aspects of this research. Jim Willett, director of the Texas Prison Museum and retired TDC officer and former warden, helped us track down many of the illustrations for this book. Without the support of these and many other present and former TDC personnel, this book would not have been possible.
Thanks also to Dr. Bruce Jackson, SUNY Buffalo, for allowing us to use photographs from his collection on Texas prisons. We also gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Jene Robbins, Digital Imaging Specialist, TDCJ Media Services, for her assistance with various photographs. We also thank Gerald Birnberg, attorney for Allen Lamar, who provided insight to the background and legal issues of the Lamar suit.
Thanks to the many TDC offenders who provided valuable perspective to this research over the years. Without their insight, this book would have