A Trip to Death Row
I wanted to share a little background of the story you will see tonight. How I came to meet Rodney Reed and how I learned about this case.
It was my second day at KEYE TV and Reed's father, Walter, a former KEYE employee, stopped by the station to drop off some information about a no death penalty rally. We talked about the case for about 30 minutes, and then I spent the next week reading every document I could find about Rodney Reed's case.
Over the next few weeks, I made dozens of phone Comprar Levitra calls, and most of the "Oxandrolone Powder India" people on the other end of the line told me the case is over and needs to be put to rest. The case still seemed intriguing, so my photographer and I keep pursuing.
This past year, the original medical examiner in the case came out with a declaration essentially challenging some of the facts presented at trial. Reed's latest appeal was eventually denied.
Fast forward a little bit, I got a phone call from the Reed family saying he wanted to talk with me.
If you've ever been down to the Polunsky Unit near Livingston, Texas, you know it is no easy task to get in. It's even more difficult when you are trying to take a camera and microphone inside. Requests for these interviews should be submitted no later than noon on the prior Tuesday. Once approved, reporters will have 45 minutes to interview an individual offender.
Crews should be limited to no more than three (3) people. Each crew member must have a valid driver's license, passport, or other official form of photo identification in order to enter a unit.
Reporters are not allowed to take the following items with them into TDCJ units: cellular phones, pagers, laptops, cash, tobacco products, lighters, purses, briefcases, pocketknives, Anavar For Weight Loss and similar items.
TDCJ's dress code does not allow for shorts, open toed shoes, sleeveless shirts, or see through fabrics. We prefer that reporters not wear white. Dresses or skirts should be no shorter than three (3) inches above the middle of the knee.
The following items are allowed by reporters: recording devices, wireless microphones, notepads, writing instruments, and camera equipment.
Once approved, it is s a nearly five hour drive to get there. Imagine its in the middle of what seems like nowhere and all of a sudden you whip around a corner and there is a massive fence with barbed wire.
At the top of each guard tower there are armed guards walking around a little frightening to see that up close. As you approach the unit, there is a guard booth where you have to check in, and they will only allow you to park in a certain area of the parking lot. After that, you have to wait for your escort, in our case it was someone from the media relations team at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Getting past the doors at the unit is no easy task either. There are guards waiting out front and only a key will let you in. You have to give up all privacy when you enter the visiting area. It requires giving the guards at the front a photo ID, in my case my Anavar Kidney Damage Texas Drivers License. They keep that with them while you are inside and give you a badge with a number on it in exchange. There is a feeling as if you are giving up who are, and all of a sudden you're just another number waiting to enter the prison.
Get past a few more locked doors and you enter this wide open room. In the middle are rows of phone booths where the inmates sit and talk to you. You can speak face to face with the person you're there to talk with, but there is a large glass window separating you. So, you can't really hear what the person on the other end of the phone is going to say without picking up the phone.
Remember the rules I outlined earlier? You only get 45 minutes, so the conversation has to be quick.
This was the first time Reed and I had ever met, so when I picked up the phone he didn't know who I was. After a quick introduction and some paperwork, my first question to him was, "How are you doing?"
A quick pause and Reed answered, "As well as to be expected, other than time you know. I'm good."
After going through the entire process to get in, I think this was the first time everything really sank in; there is a man in front me who has spent the past 16 years behind bars.
I've never been arrested or in trouble with the law, but at that moment, so many things were going through my head, the thought that in a second my entire world could change.
We got to talk for close to an hour, the staff monitoring our time and letting me know every few minutes how much closer to the end of the interview we were getting. Not to feel rushed or anything we did drive nearly 5 hours to get there, but there is that buzz in the back of your head, tick tock tick tock.
Reed and I covered a lot of topics, but spent the most time on how he is getting by and what his day to day life is like. His description was like something we see in the movies, but I don't think we ever really processed what it is like behind bars. He talked about his family and supporters, and why he continues to defend his innocence.
At the end of the interview he put his hand up to the glass, we can't actually shake hands, but it was a gesture I wasn't ready for.
It was a simple thank you from Reed for sitting down and listening to his story.
From there you can see the rest of our story tonight at 10.
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