From a Brownsville guard in the women’s unit at the Cameron County Jail, Fall, 2013 “There have been so many good changes since what Gail and the Texas Jail Project did… the people at the jail now treat prisoners better….they are afraid to treat them like they use to. They used to put people in
Families Speak Out
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
“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.”
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
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.
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
From a family member who was met with frustration at every turn: So why don’t the nurse or doctor in charge tell you about the medical release form? Your site is very helpful. I have my wife in the Hays County Jail and I’m having trouble with their medical personnel. I even called and left
Maria Anna, mother of Adan Casteneda, wrote this advice for people with loved ones in jail: The more your inmate stays in contact with you, the more secure she or he will feel. Letters are great, but sometimes people don’t have time to write and they take a long time to get there. Jail phone calls are expensive BUT there are ways to make the phone calls less costly.
Justice Silenced is asking all of us to join their coalition as they challenge the court system and jail and prison officials. Their goal: to get officials to acknowledge the rights of deaf and hard of hearing citizens to communicate in their own language.
It is extra hard for people out of state to deal with a loved one in jail in Texas. Here is a letter from a Cali Mom, as she called herself:
“Your site i stumbled across on a search and was a God send. I want to thank you for putting together such a great site. I am from California and my son is in Dallas County. Without your helpful information I would not know where to turn. Your information is concise and easy to understand. The links are helpful and the medical form was great as he has some medical issues I want to make sure are taken care of. Thank you for taking the time to put this site together! I will definitely contribute to your cause via a donation! Bless you all!”
CTM, mom in Cali