Child killer Raul Meza testifies in bid for freedom

More than 26 years after he killed 8-year-old Kendra Page in Southeast Austin, convicted murderer Raul Meza testified in federal court Monday on his lawsuit challenging the living conditions he is under since being released from prison due to the state’s mandatory supervision law.

Meza, who has lived in a minimum security unit of the Travis County Correctional Complex in Del Valle since 2002, said that he enjoys little freedom and limited chances to get a job, which would enable him to move out of the jail and into the community.

Meza said, for example, that he only is allowed to spend two hours a week at Project Rio, a job program for parolees. He also complained that parole officials have taken so long to approve him to apply to jobs that they are filled with other candidates.

A trial on Meza’s lawsuit against state parole officials began this morning in U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel’s court in Austin.

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