TJP staff authored this Waco Tribune guest column about neglect, abuse, and death occurring in Waco’s privately run Jack Harwell jail. Here’s an excerpt: ” LaSalle Corrections is the for-profit company that runs the Jack Harwell Center for McLennan County.
‘We think they’re excellent operators and, unfortunately, sometimes things like this happen,’ said McLennan County Judge Scott Felton.
But that’s not what families with loved ones in that jail say.”
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Nathan D. King was part of the Livingston, Texas community when he died at the age of 37 in 2015. He was also part of a close family, and his mother, Mrs. Timmie King, has plenty of memories, such as how much he loved her cooking, animals, football, and , of course, his three children.
Texas Jail Project director Diana Claitor discussing inmate deaths in Texas jails on KXAN news.
Every meeting starts at 9 am, and anyone can attend! You can speak during public input, which is at the very beginning, but the commissioners and staffers will simply listen and will not respond to you at that time. They will allow public speakers about 9 am; limit your remarks to 3 minutes. (You can also give them a letter.) Meetings occur in Austin every 3 months,on the first Thursday of that month. Continue for a link that with more info about meetings of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.
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Maria Ana shares about her son’s experience of being held pretrial in a Texas county jail for 3 years.
From the mother of a mentally ill daughter at Travis County Correctional Complex: “I received a call from KT today, a nurse at TCCC. My daughter signed a release. Many misunderstandings cleared up & all is well…..well, I hope it will be fine but I am reassured and the nurse was able to obtain family history and some of my child’s medical history. that helped so much because my daughter was unable to explain clearly. Very productive call… Without the help of Texas Jail Project, I would not have fingernails left!”