Trial lawyers are robbing decent honest Texans of their money, trust, freedom and peace of mind. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is suffering from a shortage of guards and corrections officers, which has in turn led to dangerous working conditions. Texas, with an estimated 28,000 guards, is about 1,700 short of what the Legislature has approved. This shortage stems from the fact that Texas Department of Criminal Justice employees are among the lowest paid in the country. Instead of paying these prison guards more, the state is forced to spend money on defending frivolous lawsuits filed by prisoners.