Inmate's Case Highlights Medical Parole Issues

Donald Rash is 62 and an inmate at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Powledge Unit in Palestine, serving 23 years for a 1999 robbery. He suffers from severe spinal disorders, diabetes, chronic chest pain, hypertension, post-traumatic stress disorder and hepatitis C.

He can’t stand without crutches, and his lawyer said he regularly misses meals because he can't walk to the prison cafeteria. 

“He can barely hold up his head,” said attorney Michelle Smith of the Texas Civil Rights Project, who has visited Rash. “He’s a shell of a man.”

Despite his afflictions, Rash's advocates ...

Full Story

Comment Policy

The Texas Tribune is pleased to provide the opportunity for you to share your observations about this story. We encourage lively debate on the issues of the day, but we ask that you refrain from using profanity or other offensive speech, engaging in personal attacks or name-calling, posting advertising, or wandering away from the topic at hand. To comment, you must be a registered user of the Tribune, and your user name will be displayed. Thanks for taking time to offer your thoughts.

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login | Sign-Up