University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) Criminal Justice Lecturer Terry Pelz organized a field trip to the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville “Walls” Unit on Friday, March 31.
Pelz, a former warden with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), chaperoned 24 students from his Correctional System and Prisons in America classes.
The students met the senior warden of the Huntsville Unit, James Jones. Students toured the historic prison within a prison — a reportedly haunted Texas historic landmark, inmate cell blocks, the inmate recreation yard, and the execution chamber.
“The ultimate goal was to visit the the execution chamber,” said Pelz. “This high-impact experience gives students the opportunity to relate to what they are studying in the curriculum.”