David Ruiz


Age: 63

convict-turned-advocate whose handwritten lawsuit more than 30 years earlier led to court-ordered Texas prison improvements who was serving a life prison term for aggravated robbery when he filed a lawsuit in 1972 allegeding that Texas prisons were overcrowded and understaffed with poor medical care and rampant violence that denied inmates their civil rights, ultimately leading to the passage of legislation to construct more prisons and improve conditions.

Cause of Death: Natural causes

Born: May 15, 1942

Died: November 12, 2005

Galveston, Texas