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The Ultimate Hunt

This is what jackets had embroidered on them that were given away by Jerry Hodge, the Vice-Chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice. The occasion was for Hodge and two of his cronies to "hunt" prisoners from the Huntsville prison using tracking dogs. The prisoner was released on state property, given a head start and then tracked down by a pack of hounds with Hodge and company following on horseback.

To commemorate the "hunt" Hodge had the jackets made up and gave them to his buddies. Hodge also serves Republican gubernatorial candidate Clayton Williams spokesman on prison issues. One state legislator denounced the use of prisoners as prey as "a slave sport." The hunts take place several times a week at 25 of Texas' 35 prisons.

Prisoners who "volunteer" for the hunts are rewarded with having time cut from their sentences.

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