How a Little Soul is Helping Inmates Heal at the East Texas Facility

Offenders at Management & Traini ng Corporation’s (MTC) East Texas Treatment Facility in Henderson, Texas showed off their talents at a recent rap contest called Recovery Rap.

Groups formed by housing units, wrote lyrics—many times reflecting the struggles they’ve had in life and their journey on the road to recovery.

Some competitors veered a bit from the rap genre and performed soul.

Staff members judged the performances and announced winners.

MTC Training Specialist Anna Allen reminded the offenders that no matter how they scored in this competition, they should all feel proud because they’re on the path to recovery.

“I just wanted to thank you all for coming out. And I know we judged you and gave you numbers but really, you’re all winners because you were brave enough to perform in front of us.”

Deputy Warden of Operations Grady Wallace also helped bring the contest into perspective.

“I know we had fun today and talked about different things. We rapped about songs. We drew posters. But really, we’re here to change our lives, aren’t we?”

This activity is one of many at the East Texas Treatment Facility that builds unity, fosters hope, and encourages change.

Wallace concluded,

“I don’t know about you, but I’ve been doing this for a long time. And spending any more time in prison is a waste of time. And the only person who can change that is sitting right in front of me, right? All of these folks are supporting you, trying to give you the tools to be successful when you get out. Please take advantage of that. We don’t want to see you back in prison.”

About East Texas Treatment Facility

East Texas Treatment Facility is accredited by the American Correctional Association—
achieving 100% compliance for both mandatory and non-mandatory standards in
its most recent audit. Other accreditations and certifications include the Correctional
Education Association and the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).