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Interview With John Quintanilla by Chris

Interview With John Quintanilla by Chris

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I met John in 2006 when I first arrived on Texas Death Row. He always expressed his point of view about the inhumane conditions and the sensory deprivation housing we are subjected to. Recently, he was charged and convicted of procession of a homemade weapon, even though he had 3 officers (including the officer that found the weapon) that testified that the weapon wasn't his. Since then, the conviction has been overturned on appeal. When this injustice was served John took it upon himself to become physically and voically active against the numerous injustices on Death Row. Meet John Quintanilla:

Christopher Young Introduce yourself for the People. John Quintanilla First off, I want to thank you for this opportunity. My full name is John Manuel Quintanilla jr. I'm from Lavaca, Texas but was living in Victoria, Texas. I'm 32 years old born on December 9th 1976, yes a sagitarius. I've been on death row for 4 and a half years now, though I've been locked up for about 14 and a half years. I'd have to say these 4 and a half years have been the worse. Christopher Since you've been on death row a while tell us the difference in how it was when you arrived and how it is now. John Since I've been on death row the difference of the way things were then, as to how things are now is really hard to explain. I mean for the most part it's the same thing, day in and day out. Except that when I first got here I heard of this guy or that guy being executed, now its like I know these people and sometimes I think “Damn, that was a really cool dude” or “I know he wasnt a threat to anyone in prison” Some of these men you can actually see change and humbleness in them. So the difference is now I'm aware that Texas is murdering people innocent or guilty, rehabed and reformed. Texas doesn't care, they want theirs. Christopher What's your views on the death penalty as a whole.? John

I used to be Pro-Death penalty! I didn't care. I thought and believed anyone convicted of certain crimes deserved to be killed. Then I remember going out to visit and seeing someone I didn't like walk in to the visit area, and though I really disliked this dude cause of his crime, I knew he had an execution date. I seen his family when my visitor left and was waiting on an escort guard, I saw a woman leave the booth from her visit, with the guy. She was crying and being comforted by a younger son or nephew. I'm not sure but at that moment I realized that more than the convicted suffers. The family of the inmate suffers. So I don't believe anything that makes innocent people victims cannot be called justice. I't's as if this procedure is to punish the family for being family to the inmate. Christopher I feel that. But do you think you were Pro-death penalty because you didn't care or because you didn't know? I know a lot of people just don't pay attention to our situation, but does that mean they're pro-death penalty.? John Actually, I was pro-death penalty. I mean, sometimes I'd hear about someones case and you hear some really sick details about some child or infant rape, and it's like I felt that dude should get worse than the needle. But then you hear of someone else who is here for walking in on his wife sleeping with some other man, and he flips out and kills both of them. I don't believe he should be executed. When does certain things fall under crime of passion or multiple homicide. There's just too many flaws and too much room for error for a punishment to be so final. Christopher Where do you see the death penalty in the next 5 years? John I believe it will still be going strong. It's too much of a tool for politics. Christopher You've took it upon yourself to become a voice for the “living condition reform movement in Texas prisons”? What changed your attitude? What is the importance of this movement? John

I believe that we each as individuals should take responsibility for our surroundings, for our future, and for our actions. This is our life rather we like it or not. So until the death penalty is abolished, we have to stand up, speak out and let people know we're still human beings and should be treated as such. We are already locked up in a cage, our freedom taken from us, but are still supposed to be allowed certain commodities, and priviledges. We are still people. Texas prisons are always taking some of the little priviledges we do have, so I believe they should reinstate others or compensate with other priviledges. If an individual wont stand up for what they're supposed to have, does that mean they're not supposed to have it? So thats why I chose to speak up and stand up. Christopher We live in an isolated environment, can you tell us how detrimental this environment can be to a persons psyche. John By living in this isolated environment and being locked up 22 hours a day with nothing to think about but your impending death is an oppressive thought that shatters peoples hopes, dreams, it slowly destroys what compassion they may have. These conditions destroy our humanity. You separate people and keep them in cages long enough and they forget how to be social, curtious and polite. We forget what its like to be human and start acting like animals and it makes it absolutely impossible to reform. But thats the reason Texas sentence us to death. So if they were not reformable they definitely arn't now. Christopher Whats your main goal concerning your personal situation? And wheres your case at in the courts? John My main goal is to go home! I want to prove my innocence, but we all know Texas doesnt care whether youre innocent or guilty. So I'm trying to encourage my attorney to help me prove to the appeals courts that I was wrongly convicted and that my constitutional rights were violated. At the moment, Im in the federal courts, so I hope that the judge will look at my appeal. Christopher What can people do to help?

John Letters of encouragement are always welcome, financial help is also. I would like to put together a defense fund, but im scared of failure or hoping things will work out and then everything busts. Christopher I appreciate this opportunity. Would you like to say anything else? John I appreciate you. If there anyone out there who would like to help, you can. Theres many ways and sometimes the smallest ways are enough to make a difference. Id like to thank you all for your time and consideration. You can contact me directly at: John Quintanilla Jr 999491 Polunsky Unit 3872 Fm 350 South Livingston Texas 77351

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