Beyond Bars: A Throw Away Society

by Matt Baker A.K.A. “Doc”
Abilene, TX

Here in America, we throw things away. We throw away plastic and paper after one use. We throw away people after one mistake. Here at Robertson Unit, I look around me and see a whole “class” of people who have been thrown away by society. We throw them away by stacking sentences. Our laws are being abused and manipulated by prosecutors and judges. This “system” of stacking sentences is being used to essentially give defendants life without parole for minor crimes. Our legislatures don’t want to make the necessary changes because they don’t want to be seen as soft on crime. They have “thrown away” the affected inmates. The only way to fight this “system” of unfair justice is to use their own laws against them. I want to assist people in their appeals. I’ve been fortunate enough to have an outside attorney fighting for me. Most people in here don’t have that luxury. I want to use my time in here to make things difficult for prosecutors. We want them to waste resources fighting us. I want good men to have a second chance at life. I don’t know much about the law. What I do know is that it can be manipulated by anyone willing to put in the effort. Let’s beat them with effort.