POSTED: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 10:33am
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 10:44am
Houston (The Houston Chronicle) — State Sen. John Whitmire, who leads the committee in charge of Texas prisons and whose crusade to block cellphone calls from prisons is coming to fruition, said an informant told authorities that a prison gang was trying to kill him.
The Houston Democrat learned of the "hit" last Wednesday morning and that it came from the Polunsky Unit - the location of the state's "supermax" cells and Texas death row. Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials had been attempting to reach him since late Tuesday.
"(The Mexican Mafia) were fairly unhappy with the conditions on death row," the senator said. "The Mexican Mafia - they play for keeps. It is a very dangerous prison gang."
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