In 1990 when I started in Corrections the Ruiz madness and its aftermath was still on everyone's mind in the feds and other states. People looked up to TDCJ for fighting the good fight and going down swinging.
I would like to know what's really going on in those places without going through the trouble and expense of a move to find out first hand. I went through a lot of ups & down through the decades and know how people can exaggerate and embellish their grievances. To the point that it's hard to know what's really happening and what conditions are really like from the outside looking in.
I will say this. I've been retired less than two years. In the federal penitentiary I retired from we often received inmates from TDCJ. And they were the cleanest, most well-groomed and hardest working inmates in the prison for the most part. They were head and shoulders above the thugs from the Midwest who looked like Skid Row winos by comparison. So, as late as 2016, TDCJ was still doing something right.