March 21

My husband is serving a 6 month relapse program at SAFP
in the East Texas Treatment Facility...
before being sentenced he spent 7 months of 2013 in county...
after sentencing he spent another 2 months waiting to "catch chain"...
from there he was sent to Byrd unit for evaluation...
before finally going to East Tx treatment facility...
upon trying to visit I was first told I would not be able to visit
because my skirt was too short, even though it was well to my knee
they said "it will be too short when you sit down" which I have never
heard of and the website and the posted paper with visitor dress code
that it had to be at least 3 inches above the knee and mine was all the
way to the bottom of my knee...
then they gave me trouble because I couldn't remember one number of my
husband's tdcj number after driving 5 hours to get there...
then they refused to let our son come in...
saying there was a restriction in my husband's file...
we have never not been able to visit contact or not even when he first went in...
in fact the judge ordered that he have as much contact as possible to myself
and our children that it was a very important part of his rehabilitation...
I contacted them and faxed over the requested information...
the lady I spoke to said the warden still said no...
so I decided to go hand the paperwork to the warden personally....
upon handing him the paperwork he said he had never seen them and that
because he didn't have a copy of them that should have come with my
husband that he still could not visit our kids...
I asked what else I could do to get this straight and got no clear answer...
my husband has since filed several I60's to try and straighten it all out...
I called again today and spoke to the same lady she said the warden had
sent her an email about the matter but she had been out all week...
I again asked her what I could do she said nothing that she would have to
contact the court and find out if they had paperwork that she didn't...
meanwhile my son cried all the way home a five hour trip and my daughter
who had to be hospitalized due to suicidal ideation and extreme cutting
as a result of years of bullying at school have had to suffer as well as
my husband who is extremely worried about them and needs to hug them can't
even get a non contact visit with the kids...
also I visited alone and one of the guards told me they gave me so much
hassle because it was my first time visiting at this faculty...
and must have been at least partly true because I brought the wife of
another inmate with me to see her man for the first time at this facility
as well and she too was turned away because somehow all there of approved
visitors list had disappeared and they had "no knowledge" of them...
she too called all week the next week and never got an answer as to whether
they had been found or if the new ones my husband helped him turn in again
were present...she first in the second visit....
also our husbands are telling us that there are people who are supposed
to be on medical Ward due to aids and HIV mixed in with the others literally
bleeding everywhere...
they are being served raw and rotten food...
the silverware is not clean at all...
even that as my husband just stood there and watched an inmate in the kitchen
puke in a cup and throw it in with the dishes...
there are no programs being utilized or offered...
group counseling only...
please help me help them.




I have a question concerning the SAFP
(Substance Abuse Felony Punishment) program
run by the Gateway foundation.

I have heard a rumor that Gateway
is discontinuing "tighthouse".

Tighthouse is a type of punishment,
or disciplinary action specific to SAFP.

On tighthouse Gateway clients are required to...
sit in straight back chairs,
feet flat on the floor,
hands on top of knees,
look straight ahead, canít talk,
canít move around, nothing,
and this can last for 16 hours a day.

I am sure you are aware of this practice
and you can imagine that it is not
favored by clients and their families.

In May of 2008 the Austin Chronicle did an article
about this treatment that got a lot of attention.

Although it is too late to benefit my son,
I am excited to hear rumors that
this practice has been discontinued,
but I would like a way to confirm
that before I spread the rumor.

Please let me know if you can help.

Kindest regards,


Anyone who participated in the SAFP Program
provided by Gateway Foundation and want to
file a complaint through "Gateway To Hell" Web Site
Please email: GATEWAY TO HELL ~ASAP~!
All Complaints will be kept confidential!


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