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Texas Prisons Hell on Earth in Early 20th Century

After a guided tour of the Texas prison system on July 16, 1931, a county sheriff expressed the opinion that some inmates “really enjoy themselves here.” 

The lawman must not have witnessed one of the infamous punishment sessions where convicts were flogged to within an inch of their lives with the “bat,”  a greased strip of thick leather that often shredded the victim’s back.  Twenty lashes were the legal limit, but guards frequently got carried away.