Louis Castro Perez (b. 1962)
Allan B. Polunsky Unit
Livingston, TeXas

Sueltame, graphite, 14 1/2“ x  17 1/2“

“Sueltame! Let me go out of here!” It’s like they’re squeezing the life out of me. I felt a lot of frustration and fear. But I will never allow this place to change me. Death penalty is not about justice, it’s about revenge and payback...I’ve been on death row for 17 years. This is one of the first drawings I did, when I got here. When I heard that door slam on me, “bang!”

- Louis Castro Perez

In Texas, death row inmates are not allowed any physical contact whatsoever. They are locked in a 10 x 6-foot cell with no access to work programs, group activities, or a TV. Only a radio is allowed. Five times a week, they have two hours of rec time, alone in a cage.


To read Perez's letter, click here. You can read some of Perez's writings here and watch a video about him and his sister Delia here


In October 1999, Louis Castro Perez was convicted of a triple murder (two women and a nine years old). He has always claimed his innocence.