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To: TDCJ Officials, Texas State Officials

Don't Let the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Get Away with Murder

Petition Text

Immediately transfer Keith Cole to a unit with adequate, humane supervision and place him in a cell with an emergency-call button!

Why is this important?

Keith Cole is a 61-year old black male prisoner whose life is in serious danger. In 2014 Keith Cole, along with 3 other prisoners, filed a federal civil complaint against extreme overheating in TDCJ facilities. The deadly heat lawsuit placed pressure on the Warden of the Wallace Pack Unit - where Keith was housed at the time - and thus made Keith a primary target for retaliation.

The trial for the deadly heat lawsuit is set for February 2016. In this light, Keith was recently transferred to the McConnell Unit - one of the most neglected, dilapidated and understaffed prisons in Texas. Keith has a chronic heart condition that requires him to take multiple high-dosage medications daily and as a result, could suffer a heart attack at any time. The McConnell Unit is one of the few Texas prisons without emergency call buttons inside the cells.

Keith Cole’s transfer to the neglected McConnell Unit is a deliberate attempt to place him in harm’s way before the upcoming trial in February. We worry that his medication is being withheld as retaliation for his extreme overheating lawsuit against the TDCJ. This lawsuit could change environmental standards affecting all TDCJ prisons, and Keith Cole's presence and testimony is needed to make that happen.

Please sign this petition to demand that Keith Cole be immediately transferred to a unit with adequate, humane supervision and be placed in a cell with an emergency-call button!


2016-01-10 18:59:05 -0500

5,000 signatures reached

2016-01-09 11:32:57 -0500

1,000 signatures reached

2016-01-09 10:56:51 -0500

500 signatures reached

2016-01-09 10:38:00 -0500

100 signatures reached

2016-01-09 10:35:45 -0500

50 signatures reached

2016-01-09 10:34:16 -0500

25 signatures reached

2016-01-08 19:18:01 -0500

10 signatures reached