Former Inmate Thanks TJP Supporters

Dec 31st, 2010 | By | Category: Families Speak Out
From Al Miller, Montgomery County, November 2, 2010

Dear Friends of Texas Jail Project.

I want to personally thank YOU for coming and contributing to the Texas Jail Project.  I am unable to attend your benefit, but wish I would shake the hands of every one of you because I have seen firsthand how this organization helps inmates and their families.

When I was in the Montgomery County jail, I thought no one cared about what happens on the inside. After I was released, I came across TJP online, and I nearly cried. It was a real relief to see that not everyone ignores what happens to inmates– they are, after all, human beings, too.

Family members need something like TJP to turn to since most jails just ignore requests or complaints. I saw a kid about 18 who didn’t get his seizure meds and he fell from the top bunk. After that he was bruised and he kept writing requests, but they wouldn’t reassign him and none of the inmates would trade, so he ended up on the floor. I think they laugh at and throw away about ninety percent of requests or grievance forms. It would have helped if he or his family knew to ask Texas Jail Project for help.

Now TJP is helping me reach out to family members and others visiting the jail. I made flyers to let people around here know they can get advice from the Texas Jail Project website and they can make a report about problems or bad treatment. My parents and I offer them to people waiting in line where we hand out water.

Thanks again for your support.

Al Miller, Former Inmate, Montgomery County Jail

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