After spending four years at the Holliday and Wynne Units, Correctional Officer Melanie Smith decided she would like to become a lawyer to provide a voice for victims or to defend the innocent.
“I want to be an attorney,” said Smith. “That’s where you get a say so and the justification to speak up for the innocent. If someone is being victimized, you get to speak for them too.”
Susan L. Canfield (center) stands among the field force at the Wynne Unit about two weeks before her death.Smith is pursuing her dream at Sam Houston State University’s College of Criminal Justice thanks to a scholarship endowment fund that was set up by fellow correctional officers and friends to honor one of their own killed in the line of duty. Correctional Officer Susan L. Canfield was supervising inmates outside the Wynne Unit in 2007 when she and her horse were struck and killed by two of the inmates who escaped in a stolen vehicle. . . . read more
Warden Billy Hirsch and Melanie Smith work at the Wynne Unit, where TDCJ Hero Susan L. Canfield was killed during an escape.