TDJ recommends firing prison chaplain

September 11, 2009 7:48:51 PM PDT
The Texas Department of Justice has recommended firing a chaplain who admitted smuggling letters from a death row inmate. Richard Anderson acknowledged helping Richard Tabler smuggle letters. The chaplain's actions circumvent prison rules requiring the monitoring of nearly all inmate mail. Some letters ended up online and threatened State Senator John Whitmire of Houston and his family.

"It disappoints you when you learned the chaplain was involved in the illegal activity and it makes you wonder what else he might have been conducting," said Senator Whitmire.

Last year, Tabler used a smuggled cell phone to call and threaten Senator Whitmire. Anderson has worked as a chaplain at the Polunsky Unit, which houses death row inmates since March of 2008. He has not commented on this story.

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