Monday, May 14, 2007

Texas' long-time prisoner

Harvey Stewart talks about his life and prison in the C.T. Terrell Unit of the Texas State Prison System in Rosharon on Thursday, May 10, 2007. Of all convicts, Stewart has spent the most years in the Texas State Prison System. He was originally convicted for killing his robbery partner and dumping the body in Jefferson County.

Stewart claimed many interesting things. Among these, he claims it was his case that started the James Commission investigation into Jefferson County corruption. The Commission forced the Jefferson County sheriff and several police officials to step down.

He also claims his original jury included three police officers (one of whom he had punched in a brothel he was robbing) as well as a mayor.

Most interesting was his unusual candor. He didn't claim innocence. He admits he robbed bordellos. He admits he killed his robbery partner. He admits he planned to rob a bank when he was finally released on probation.

Please read, "Inmate's claim to infamy..." by Sarah Moore.

This is a continuation of the Geriatric prisoners series.


Bryon Houlgrave said...

That's an intense expression. What kind of requirements does the facility have for shooting inside the prison?

Mark M. Hancock said...

Each unit and each prison has slightly different rules. The biggest part is Sarah laying the groundwork to get us access. We were given one hour to interview him through glass in a visitation room.