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Talk Show Houston 2006 - Ray Hill's The Prison Show

A little girl sings to her father "You Are My Sunshine." A mother pleads for her son to drink plenty of water after laboring in the fields. A wife chokes on her tears, promising her husband, "My sweet love, I love you, I'll try to see you soon." The forum for all this pathos could only be The Prison Show, a 25-year-old program in which (for the most part) women and children call in on Friday nights to console loved ones holed up in jails throughout southeast Texas. Ray Hill, a convicted burglar-turned-jailhouse attorney-turned-talk show host, somehow keeps this inherently melancholic program upbeat, nudging it along while never cutting off or hurrying a caller. Most messages are mundane. Like classic country songs, you hear the same refrains. And like classic country songs, those refrains never lose their power.
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Norma
Norma

My nephew George Stewart Jr is in the Neal Prison Unit and has had to file a Life in Dangerment after being threatened to be killed. The guard on duty (McDuffy)was made aware of this. His reaction to my nephew was "He'd better learn to fight and that the other guys were much bigger than him, followed by laughter. So far nothing has been done to secure his safety and his cell is continued to be left unlocked. He has already been robbed of his belongings and threatened with death. This is his first time in prison at 28 years of age. He is desparately afraid. What can we do? He is in Amarillo and we are by Galveston. This not professional or exceptable of an employee of the State. Please help. Norma Stewart

debbie
debbie

Ray,a couple of weeks ago a man was on your radio show.He said he wanted to buy leather from inmates.My husband is in prison and in the leather shop.I have leather for sell and would really like to get ahold of that man. thanks debbie

Sandy Wilson
Sandy Wilson

My son is in Lew Sterrett jail in Dallas. He was recently convicted and sentenced to 23 years in prison. His court appt attorney did not file a motion to have aggraved taken off his robbery convictions (at my son\\\'s request) since he used a toy gun. His attorney made me believe that my son would get probation and sent to an inpatient drug rehab. Before the hearing, I asked the attorney to have a psychological test done on my son. But he said the judge said it wouldn\\\'t be necessary. What! He has a drug problem! Even on the day of the trial, the court appt attorney was still smug and confident that he would get probation. After the conviction, all he could say was, I\\\'m sorry. He admitted to my son that he had 93 cases!!!!!!! He was not prepared for the hearing. There were other flaws in the indictment as well. What is going on here? How can one attorney sufficiently defend all these people with their lives on the line. I have more than concerns with the court system. I\\\'m not saying my son should not be punished and serve some time but his real crime is drug abuse. I asked the judge to have mercy and give my son drug treatment. But the judge looked as if he already had his mind made up because of the lacidasical court appt attorney\\\'s defense. GEES!

Dennis Anga
Dennis Anga

Trying to get your mailing address and Rays. Substance does not E well.Honorable State Senator Rodney Ellis.

I recently had the opportunity to hear Randall Kallinen speak on the badly needed Public Defenders Office.

I happened across this meeting because I follow Houston property rights group where Randall spoke. I expected something much different.

Since all my experience has been civil, until recently, I always thought of court appointed attorneys as those harvesting the low hanging fruit. It doesn�t take much effort and the rewards plentiful. I thought this miserable cadre was out to consume more tax dollars while doing what they seem to do best. Nothing according to those who use them!

How wrong I was� Even more so in the costs of incarceration. It is amazing. Who is profiting at this? Money going out of my city. My understanding is Louisiana lobbyists already pay dearly to keep our gambling money there and now they want to collect on more sins and can do it cheaper?

I am a landlord of working class folk, clean 3 bedroom houses with updates like central a/c good doors and healthy environments. Not much sexy about it but it allows me to be gainfully under-employed most of the time. Perhaps my ego should be bigger and force me to work harder but that is another topic.

Since you support Randall this is what I suggest.

As long as it is legal I can place your political signs and get written permission from owners at no charge to you. I finally have a gas sipping car and I am on a mission.

Dennis Anga @ 713-643-4446

I am in the Hobby area and likely an area under served by volunteers. Most of are working to hard to raise our head up for voluntary work.

Don�t get me wrong here. This effort is completely self interest.

When the city incarcerates my tenants I don�t get paid.

When people tell me they are seeking something for the principal of it I always know that is when it will cost the most. Judges won�t like Randall�s proposal at all. I would also suggest he be the founder of the new government. He understands civil rights.

Jay
Jay

I was hoping for your answer to the question concerning Norman Sirak's petition. Benefit? or Detriment?

Julianne
Julianne

Ray , Just wanted to say thank you for having Pastor Boyd Harrell of C.O.O.L. Ministries, Inc. on your show last week . The response was great . Thanks for the opportunity to really sow a seed helping the hurting people in prison...and their families and friends affected by the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs and codependencies.That show went a long way. Thank you again. God Bless you! Julianne

Wanda F. Smith
Wanda F. Smith

Ray,

What do you think about Norman Sirak lawsuit. I'm thinking about joining the petition. From your own opinion do you think it is worth it or would I be placing my love one in more jeopardy of not getting out of prision if he is listed on the petition.

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