Prison Guard, Probation Officer, Lawyer, Judge

John Ellisor Has Seen the Criminal Justice System From Different Sides

, Texas Lawyer

In 1976, John Ellisor had a different view of criminal defendants. Instead of hearing their cases and sentencing the guilty from the bench, he worked among them as a guard in the Ramsey Unit, a prison in Rosharon run by what was then known as the Texas Department of Corrections. "I learned a lot about human nature there," says Ellisor, now judge of the 122nd District Court in Galveston County.

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