Texas Prisoners Care for Evacuees
Huntsville, Texas is home to the nation's most populous Death Row. At least one of every four residents of the town is a prison inmate. Now, the inmates have been called upon to serve, and they are doing so admirably. The evacuees are grateful for their help:
And so they found refuge here, beside the red brick walls of the Texas death house.Many called it heaven. With emergency shelters stretched tight from New Orleans to Houston, eight buses carrying more than 300 survivors of the flood ended up here in the proud "prison city" of Texas, 80 miles north of Houston, where every third or fourth resident lives behind bars, in seven prisons that confine 9,000 to 15,000 inmates.
The First Baptist Church, which backs up on Huntsville's oldest prison unit, including the nation's busiest execution chamber, was ready with cots, showers, fresh clothes and hot food. And prison trusties in white uniforms to clean and cook.
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