The Prisoner-Run Radio Station That’s Reaching Men On Death Row

Like most lockups, life in the roughly 3,000-man prison an hour and a half north of Houston is pretty bleak, especially for the high-security prisoners who spend most of their time in solitary. That includes a few hundred men isolated because they’re considered dangerous or in danger, but it also includes nearly 200 men on Texas’ death row.

For years, the guys on the row have been disconnected from the prison’s general population. They can’t go to the mess hall or the chapel or the main yard, so most of the time they only meet their fellow prisoners in passing — like when janitors come by to mop or hand out towels.

They can’t go to classes or prison jobs, and they don’t have tablets or televisions. But they do have radios.