Communicating with death row prisoners

Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed by Caitlin Adams

Jpays are the mainstay of how I communicate with Rodney.  They are emails that are $.44 per page that are sent through the Jpay company directly to the Polunsky Unit (the unit that houses all Texas Death Row prisoners), where a Texas Department of Criminal Justice staff prints it and delivers it to Rodney.  They are to be delivered within 48 hours, which actually happens most of the time, except weekends when nothing gets delivered!

I write a Jpay everyday and sometimes I'm even able to copy articles from Facebook and Twitter and send those too.  I'm Rodney's favorite jibber jabberer—I like that!  So, I thought for this week's blog that I would share one of my Jpays.


Hi there Anam Cara,

I now have an occupational therapy appt at 9am tomorrow - Jessica at 10  - Linda the aide here Wednesday for shower - Dr. Tallman on Thursday  - somewhere in there will b a physical therapy appt - YIKES - and quite often today I could not speak and b understood - I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed.  It's kind of interesting to observe - I've been aware of the speech losses practically each day but today when time and time again I could not speak - it was a shock almost - like, wait, I'm not ready - like, NO - was roaring in my ears.

All day I was thinking this has to b why the visit didn't happen today - so it wouldn't happen there with u without any warning - and do u know what makes it all even weirder - eating was easier today than its been in weeks -

I was out on hotwheels early this morning - and I was heading across the bridge and I had stopped and just closed my eyes, sat still, breathing, feeling the breeze and sun  - when I opened my eyes -there was a tree -

I've ridden by this certain tree
many times in the past weeks.
I've looked at the tree most
of those times.
I've seen the tree quite a few
of those times.
Today - I "met" the tree,
ah bliss!

I "met" that tree, that being, that manifestation of life, in so many ways it was like the dream HUG - surreal yet more real than could ever b expressed. Both experiences were so like the day I went to the neurologist for the first time July '09 - did a bunch of tests and I knew something serious was going on   - when he left the room and closed the door - for a minute or so - it was like a veil lifted and for the very first time I "saw" - and then the veil slowly dropped back down - I've never lost the "feel" of those moments.  That tree today took my breath away, left me speechless, left me rubbing my eyes wondering what had I been "seeing" for weeks well, actually - not seeing ;))))))))).

Wanted to make sure u got a Jpay tomorrow - well, at least do my part and hope everyone else does theirs!  Know I won't have time to write before noontime tomorrow - my social calendar is full - hehehe - so dearest one, I'll b TTYL (MD) & SYS (although, not soon enough :( ) - until then BWEESGTY :) <3 - ilyI<3Uimy :) <3 - sending all my LRFSPXO always :) <3 - Namaste, dearest Anam Cara :) <3.

<3 Wildflower <3
      J x;)o J

TTYL - talk to you later
MD - mos def
SYS - see ya soon
BWEESGTY - be well and ever, ever so good to you
LRFSPXO  - love, respect, friendship, solidarity, prayers, kisses, hugs
JJ  jibber jabber
Anam Cara - soul friend

Caitlin Adams is a resident of Bastrop, Texas.  After meeting the family of Texas death row prisoner Rodney Reed outside of their home in early 2011, she began writing with Rodney.  She has developed a friendship with Rodney's mother Sandra and his family in Bastrop, as well as making regular trips to death row to visit Rodney. 

After learning about the facts of Rodney's case, Caitlin has become an advocate for Rodney Reed – here we present Caitlin's story about her journey for justice.