Families Speak Out

My son: a Marine veteran in solitary

Aug 28th, 2014 | By
My son: a Marine veteran in solitary

“My son Adan is in solitary confinement. Why? Because the jail considers that is the “safest” way to hold someone with a medical/mental condition. I was told that is for his good and the good of others. He does not have the opportunity to eat or mingle with other inmates. He has been in solitary confinement



Thursday, Aug. 7th: Jail Standards quarterly meeting

Jul 9th, 2014 | By
Thursday, Aug. 7th: Jail Standards quarterly meeting

Texas Commission on Jail Standards quarterly meeting, next week, August 7th, 9 am….Public input is brief and just after the beginning at 9:00 am. You sign up and can speak for 3 to 5 minutes max! They will listen and not comment.  If you would like to express concern about pregnant women in county jails,



Giving a sick inmate the benefit of the doubt can save his life

Apr 27th, 2014 | By
Giving a sick inmate the benefit of the doubt can save his life

Linell Redden lost her beloved husband Robert to the Denton county jail, a place often accused of having poor medical care and indifferent staff. She gives her insightful comments on the 8th anniversary of his death.
“The inmates need to be given the benefit of the doubt when they have a potential life threatening complaint and they should be treated the sameway they’d be treated in any other any doctor’s office. Protocols need to constantly be reviewed and adhered to, and sometimes common sense needs to come into play. Don’t listen to those staff who insinuate inmates are going to the infirmary to do some easy time or because they want to look at a pretty nurse….a person in jail can be sick and if untreated, they can and do die.”



Filmmaker wants to hear about Harris County Jail

Mar 25th, 2014 | By
Filmmaker wants to hear about Harris County Jail

If you currently have a family member who has been diagnosed with a mental illness and is incarcerated in the Harris County Jail and would like to share your story please contact me on 212 397 5068. We are interested in the issues mentally individuals face when they are in jail, how their illness began, whether the individual had problems getting the mental healthcare they needed before they went to jail, and the difficulties families face in dealing with this.
Andy Blackman,
BBC Television,
(212) 397 5068



Harris County Jail: lack of meds

Jul 23rd, 2013 | By
Harris County Jail: lack of meds

A wife reports serious neglect: “My husband is in the Harris County jail right now and they lowered the dosage of a psych med for PTSD, if they give it to him at all. He also has a severe calcium deficiency and no one bothers to give him the calcium packets anymore after he was moved



A Mother’s Report on Harris County Jail

May 16th, 2013 | By

 My son is currently in the Harris County Jail (HCJ).  I want the public to realize and    understand how dangerous it is for any inmate to be there. One of the doctors and several guards refused to give my son medical treatment (yes…it happens a lot and it happened to my child). Punishment for crime



Abilene People Fight the System and Win!

Mar 12th, 2013 | By
Abilene People Fight the System and Win!

“I would just like to tell everyone out there that there is hope and we can change things if we stand up and never give up, no matter if it takes awhile and with alot of determination, it can be done. I have fought corruption in Taylor County and we did get JUSTICE, not only for my son but others that were in the Taylor County Jail. It was a long and hard fight, but with the determination that I had and the help of someone who is a hero to me, Lance Voorhees, we saw justice.And thanks to Texas Jail Project! They came to Abilene when I contacted Diana. She and a group if TJP members drove up here and talked to citizens of Taylor County.”



TJP Helps Death Row Inmate Awaiting Appeal

Jan 31st, 2013 | By
TJP Helps Death Row Inmate Awaiting Appeal

Dear Texas Jail Project, I wanted to write and let you know how much I appreciate what you have done for a friend of mine who is currently in Houston county jail awaiting death penalty re-hearing. I contacted your organization on Aug. 30th of 2012 about my pen-pal friend, RR, who is disabled (legally blind



Our Beloved Hank is Gone–Texarkana, 2012

Nov 7th, 2012 | By
Our Beloved Hank is Gone–Texarkana, 2012

The sister of James “Hank” Hankins misses her brother terribly. Here is her written version of his life story, from the time of his birth in 1958 in Hugo, Oklahoma, to the premature and sudden end of his life this year in Texarkana. The family plans to create a memorial garden and his scholarship fund in his honor. They don’t want to focus on the Bowie County authorities who seemed to have ignored his illlness and suffering. Instead they want to point out the value of Hank’s life and the great affection many people felt toward him. RIP Hank. We won’t forget you.



Sister Thanks TJP for Help!

Sep 21st, 2012 | By
Sister Thanks TJP for Help!

A loving sister wrote TJP about the outcome of a situation with an inmate who had health problems, September 2012: “Due to your diligence and forwarding my e-mail to the right place, we have finally found someone to listen…someone to help…someone to care.  I spoke with Ms. Zamora and she is working diligently to ensure my