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Jim Willet

JIM WILLETT saw working as a guard in the Texas prison system as an easy way to make money while in college. Thirty years later, he retired as the warden of the Walls Unit, the system’s flagship — and the unit where all Texas executions are carried out.

Willett is now director of the Texas Prison Museum in Huntsville, Texas. He narrated the radio documentary “Witness to an Execution,” which aired on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and won a Peaboy Award in 2000.