2 Inmates Escape From Mineral Wells P...

2 Inmates Escape From Mineral Wells Prison

There are 42 comments on the CBS 11 story from May 14, 2007, titled 2 Inmates Escape From Mineral Wells Prison. In it, CBS 11 reports that:

A pair of 21-year-old inmates have reportedly escaped from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Mineral Wells Pre-Parole Transfer Facility located in Mineral Wells.Authorities discovered Joshua Hall and ...

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Debra

United States

#1 May 14, 2007
That has got to be one of the dumbest moves ever on the part of the inmates. They were almost done with their sentencing and now to add additional mandatory time....well, go figure!

Since: May 07

Killeen, TX

#2 May 19, 2007
i agree with debra....when u get too this place ur on ur way out..the ppl involed were totally stupid.
Kerry

San Antonio, TX

#3 Jun 9, 2007
Thats what TDCJ would like you to believe you're on your wayout, but truth be told it does not work that way all the time. Ask yourself this question, why did they escape; Was there something else going on, did these inmates feel threatened by all the gang activity inside??????? We will never know!!!
DFW girl

United States

#4 Jun 9, 2007
Barney and Andy must have been distracted.

“Incorrupta fides, nudaque veri”

Since: May 07

Vincit qui se vincit

#5 Jul 18, 2007
DFW girl wrote:
Barney and Andy must have been distracted.
Did anyone ever stop to think that maybe they want to stay in there longer? Maybe they have a boyfriend in there now and can't stand leaving them behind? That brings tears to my eyes, it's so touching, hahaha
Kid

San Marcos, TX

#6 Jul 22, 2007
like one of the links says,"in name only". These guys wern't on their way home. there are people there that have spent over 2,3,4 and until recently , 5 yrs at that place. you get there, and you THINK you're going home, but you don't. when you get there, you usually have what's called a "short way", in which you have a day to go home before you discharge your whole sentence. At MWPPTF that day gets moved back one year, at least once. I know, I've seen it happen. people are SUPPOSED to be going home frome there no later than that "short way" date, but it RARELY happens.
Kid

San Marcos, TX

#7 Jul 22, 2007
here's another thing, they will hold an inmate there until he's 6 months or less from completely discharging his sentence,AND THEN let him go out on parole. I guess they don't understand that after being gone for years at a time, a few more months really isn't anything to them. There were also inmates who would purposely get shipped back to TDCJ just so they could go home faster, and they would be at the house within just a few months. You could ask a gaurd there, buit they'll deny it just to try and keep inmates from learning the truth. Not only that, but there are certain guidelines that the parole board are supposed to follow in considering inmates for release, but it's been reported that they deviate from those guidelines. They are also inconcistant in the inmates that are let go. Another report said that there were 2 different inmates with similar cases, ne went home the other stayed. I've been in MW, and I've seen how they work and mess people over. not only are they doing that to the inmates, but to their family and children as well. Their family would call, and they would be told that the inmate will be home in a certain amount of time, and then they are highly disappointed when they find out that they're not going home after all. And that's why those 3, yes, 3, there was one last year as well, escaped, or as we say," hopped the fence". Know the whole story, it helps.
rbg

Livingston, TX

#8 Jul 28, 2007
Kid wrote:
like one of the links says,"in name only". These guys wern't on their way home. there are people there that have spent over 2,3,4 and until recently , 5 yrs at that place. you get there, and you THINK you're going home, but you don't. when you get there, you usually have what's called a "short way", in which you have a day to go home before you discharge your whole sentence. At MWPPTF that day gets moved back one year, at least once. I know, I've seen it happen. people are SUPPOSED to be going home frome there no later than that "short way" date, but it RARELY happens.
what does it matter how long they have before they go home. These people did a crime or else they would not be there, right? Maybe they wanted to stay because they can't handle living in the free world of work and payin bills, etc. Remember if you do the crime your suppose to do the time but in some cases the crime is harder than the time. If you rape some one you might do 3yrs but that victim does a lifetime. See my point?
HEATHER BETANCOURT

AOL

#9 Jan 17, 2008
SHUT UP! YALL ARE ALL OUT IN THE FREE WORLD. IM NOT SAYING WHAT THEY DID WAS RIGHT BUT CAN YOU SEE YOURSELF IN THE SHOES OF THESE YOUNG MEN. WHO THE FUCK ARE YALL TO COMMENT ON WHAT THEY DO. CARLOS GOFF AND I HAVE A HISTORY. HE WAS MY FIRST LOVE. HE IS STUPID. HE'S ALWAYS BEEN LIKE THIS. YOU ALL HAVE NO PLACE TO SAY SHIT. I DO. BEEN THROUGH IT WITH HIM. THIS IS HOW CARLOS IS. ALWAYS HAS BEEN. I WISH THE BEST FOR HIM AND I HOPE HE CHANGES HIS WAYS!!!!

“Incorrupta fides, nudaque veri”

Since: May 07

Vincit qui se vincit

#10 Jan 17, 2008
HEATHER BETANCOURT wrote:
SHUT UP! YALL ARE ALL OUT IN THE FREE WORLD. IM NOT SAYING WHAT THEY DID WAS RIGHT BUT CAN YOU SEE YOURSELF IN THE SHOES OF THESE YOUNG MEN. WHO THE FUCK ARE YALL TO COMMENT ON WHAT THEY DO. CARLOS GOFF AND I HAVE A HISTORY. HE WAS MY FIRST LOVE. HE IS STUPID. HE'S ALWAYS BEEN LIKE THIS. YOU ALL HAVE NO PLACE TO SAY SHIT. I DO. BEEN THROUGH IT WITH HIM. THIS IS HOW CARLOS IS. ALWAYS HAS BEEN. I WISH THE BEST FOR HIM AND I HOPE HE CHANGES HIS WAYS!!!!
He's really not too bright and neither are you then if he's always been like this yet he still does it, what does that say about him and what does that say about you too for staying with him while doing it?
loyd mcgill

Carrollton, TX

#11 Jan 19, 2008
the public should be more educated on the prison systems in america. you would be surprised.
PISS OFF

Arlington, TX

#12 Mar 6, 2008
YOU TRY TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THE OFFENDERS
JReddy

Elgin, TX

#13 May 30, 2008
First of all, I was an inmate at Mineral Wells "Pre-Parole" facility for two years. I witnessed 3 escapes, and two riots. Now the question is: Why would inmates so close to going home escape from this place?" The answer is easy; the carrot and the donkey. Parole of course is the carrot that they dangle in front of the inmates (don't get into trouble, do what you're supposed to do and you will go home). And of course for the first year or so the inmates or "the donkey" if you will, falls for it. As the saying goes: Fool me once, shame on you - fool me twice shame on me. It becomes apparent that regardless of your actions in prison, whether good or bad, do not actually come into play when determining your eligibility for parole. Put yourself in the inmates position (rbg, this is directed towards you). You committed a crime, abided by all of the prisons rules, they grant you parole, then they take it away for no reason. And think about your family. You already told them all that you were coming home, now you have to tell them your not. It can really mess with your head. And obviously these particular inmates couldn't deal with it. And as far as you quoting "kid" - I did time with him in mineral wells. He was one of my best friends there. He knows what he's talking about. Get a little more educated on the subject before you start making what you think are "educated decisions."
iknow more than all

Mineral Wells, TX

#14 Jun 2, 2008
These idiots were convicted and sentenced. TDCJ has sent a ton of gang members to Mineral Wells. They really do a good job considering what kind of criminals they have. These two are not to bright...I would rather not put myself in the inmates position...they did this to themselves...I have no pity on them! Think about the victims of their criminal acts...who feels sorry for them?
Sallyt

Dallas, TX

#15 Jul 23, 2008
My husband is at this unit. They denied his shortway after he has done 7 years. this unit is horrible. visits are miserable, they offer no classes to keep them out of trouble and the gangs run the place. this unit really should be investigated.
Someone who knows

Quitman, AR

#16 Jul 23, 2008
This unit provides many classes for inmates. The only thing that keeps them from the classes is the inmate's laziness, and their ability not to stay out of trouble.
And about the visits being miserable what do you expect it is not a resort!!!
Sallyt wrote:
My husband is at this unit. They denied his shortway after he has done 7 years. this unit is horrible. visits are miserable, they offer no classes to keep them out of trouble and the gangs run the place. this unit really should be investigated.
Somebody

Houston, TX

#17 Aug 6, 2008
My Husband is in the prison and he said it is bad there is so many gangs in this prison and its bad, they have access to any drug you could ever want and that the guards bring everything in and nobody cares. I just cant wait for him to be moved but who knows if the next one will be any better!! It will either break him or make him!!
A Mama

AOL

#18 Oct 12, 2008
My son Jayson is in Mineral Wells I am now worried sick about him after reading all of your comments. If any of you that were there knew him please let me know, I would really like to talk to anyone that knew him in there, I agree that if you do the crime you should do the time. But in Jayson's case he was on parole and was working and doing good and had his bosses truck and the wife of the boss had a prescription bottle in the truck he was pulled over for a tail light out and they got him for possession, so not everyone in the prison system should be there and no I am not a nieve mother I saw the police report, but because he was on parole they revoked it and now he has been in again almost 4 years I am a cancer patient and have tried my best with letters and friends writing letters to the parole board to try and get Jayson out, but with God's help he will get out in December 2009 and there is nothing any of them can do to keep him longer unless like you say something makes him snap. That is why I am writing this to see if any of you that have been there might know a Tinsley......Thank you in advance......A Mom
A Sister Faceme

Mansfield, TX

#19 Nov 2, 2008
I am like AMama, I am concern now from reading about all the things that has happen, My brother was pickup in the Dallas area, sent back to Lubbock, Texas stayed in jail for 5 months, Then they sent him to Abliene, from there they said he would be parole out April 11 2009.

Then they sent him from Abliene to Planiview unit,then to Amarillo. From Amarillo they sent him back to Abliene, from Abliene they sent him to Huntsville and from Huntsville they sent him to where he is now Mineral Wells which is near me in the Fort Worth Dallas Area.

Reading the information it says his parole eligiblitlty date was on 08/02.2008 and his Projected release date is 04/11/2009.

I really didn't like what I read, I read a lot of stuff from the year of 2007 comments. My brother has written me and he said this place is real negitive. But he keeps praying that he comes home soon.

I read that this place is where they send imates that are not danagers and didn't do hard crimes and are easiy handle. Is this why they keep denying inmates parole so they can keep them there.

JReddy, if you read this can you tell me if they say your are expected to be release is that the same as being parole out? Or if anyone else knows?

I am concern because this is the frist time for my brother, my parents died and he was having a hard time with their death and he just stop paying on his fees this is why he was pick up plus he skipped out on his PR bond. I don't know much about the system. So can anyone give me information. Can they keep them past there release date is that the same as parole date? Thanks for any infomation, oh yea are they still on lock down and do we have to call to set up a visit? God Bless A Sister Faceme
Hopeful

San Jose, CA

#20 Nov 11, 2008
I just want to say that prison is a bad place. We should not always judge someone off of what is said by the media. We are not in the shoes of these young men. Remember that we are not to judge others in the eyes of God. Some people just make bad choices. But until we have to spend time in prison we shoud not judge how these people feel. If you have never visited a prison maybe you should. See how some of these people are treated and then make your judgement. Alot of people that are guards are just as bad as the people serving time.

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