Corporal punishment was used often and other prisoners helped with the security. It usually paid its way. Then as now most of the inmates from the city and not used to work, they had to pick so much cotton each day, it was a hard life and few ever wanted to come back, many inflicted wounds on their person to get out of work.Ah, the good old days, huh? For additional context, see this fascinating video about Texas prison work songs in the '40s and '50s.
Friday, August 31, 2007
A nostalgic look at corporal punishment and prison labor
Guest columnist J.R. "Sonny" Sessions in the Mexia Daily News reflects on his four decades' involvement with Texas prisons and offers a nostalgic look at a time when: