- Any TDCJ policies regarding recording of conversations during death-row inmates' non-attorney visitations, including any policy describing how often recording occurs, under what circumstances, whether every call is recorded, what is done with the recordings, who has access to them, how long they're kept, what documentation must be maintained, etc..
- Any log or record of recordings from visitations for now-deceased death row inmate Cameron Todd Willingham.
- Any log or record of who has accessed or listened to recordings from visitations for now-deceased death row inmate Cameron Todd Willingham.
- The tape or audio file (in whatever format it's maintained in) of any recorded visitations with Cameron Todd Willingham during the month before his execution.
Second, taking them at their word, either TDCJ did not record any visitations with Willingham - including the one where his ex-wife has given conflicting accounts regarding whether he confessed - or they do not keep logs of whether or not inmate visits are recorded.
The latter explanation seems hard to swallow - there are too many security reasons you'd want to record death-row inmates' conversations and later be able to recall the recording. The example of Richard Tabler comes to mind, who smuggled letters out of prison that contain threats against State Sen. John Whitmire's family. Do you really not want to monitor that guy's non-attorney visitations? Can it possibly be true that there is no policy regarding when, how, and at whose instigation that should happen?
That's what I'm to believe from a letter dated Nov. 10 from Patricia Fleming, Assistant General Counsel to TDCJ. Maybe that's a question the Senate Criminal Justice Committee should ask the next time they haul Brad Livingston in front of them to talk about contraband and death row security.