Terry Pelz is a former corporate officer for a private corrections company and a former Texas prison warden. He founded cjconsultant.com in 1998. He is a nationally recognized authority on prisons and prison gangs and has testified numerous times in state and federal court on the subject.
Mr. Pelz knows prisons...
Mr. Pelz knows private sector corrections...
Mr. Pelz knows prison gangs...
An article by Michael Berryhill, a well known freelance reporter, appeared in the New Republic in 1999 regarding the Texas prison system. Mr. Pelz allowed Mr. Berryhill to interview him after his expert witness testimony in the Lawrence Russell Brewer (Jasper dragging death) trial. Mr. Pelz provided Mr. Berryhill valuable insight into the operations of the prison system and the inmate subculture.
Mr. Pelz also provided author Joyce King valuable insight into her riveting story of the James Bryd (Jasper, Texas dragging death murder) story. You can find her book, Hate Crime: The Story of a Dragging in Jasper, Texas, and Terry Pelz's interview with her at Amazon.com and local bookstores.
Mr. Pelz has given interviews to newspapers and television many, many times over his career. A search of the internet will reveal many articles quoting him on many issues regarding prisons and prison gangs. In addition he has appeared on The History Channel's "Gangland" regarding Texas prison gangs, Court TV, MSNBC Investigates, and a world-wide British (Jeremy Marre) documentary on the Aryan Brotherhood in Texas prisons. Additionally, here is a study of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, co-authored by Terry Pelz.
Most prison and jail policies are well written but sometimes not followed. Poor training of correctional staff is observed by many to be a major problem. Other major problem areas of prisons are:
excessive use of force
access to medical treatment
physical and psychological mistreatment
victimization by other offenders
gang coercion, among other life threatening ordeals
inadequate training programs
supervision and management
Many claims of inmate abuse, negligence or deliberate indifference are frivolous. Those that may have merit need to be carefully assessed. Let me help you sort through the facts for an honest opinion.
Now available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. Terry Pelz and Dr. Beth Pelz team up to produce a comprehensive supplement on criminal justice in Texas. The very latest information on police, courts, juvenile, and adult corrections.