Rodolfo Medrano is 36 years old. He is on death row in Livingston, Texas. As a young man, Medrano was casually involved with a gang that, in 2003, killed six people. The prosecutor on his case acknowledged that Medrano did not pull the trigger, nor was he even there. Yet he nonetheless got the death penalty through Texas’ “law of parties.” Having been behind bars for a number of years, Medrano spoke to reporter Joy Diaz behind a glass cell about the challenges of maintaining a relationship with his 13-year-old son Dominique, with whom he can only speak to for five minutes each month.
Photo of Rodolfo Medrano via Joy Diaz