Families Speak Out

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



Hays County: Why Do You Put People Through This?

Aug 8th, 2012 | By
Hays County: Why Do You Put People Through This?

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



Phone Cards and Collect Calls from Jail

Jul 4th, 2012 | By
Phone Cards and Collect Calls from Jail

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.



Signing on to the “Justice Silenced” Campaign

May 26th, 2012 | By
Signing on to the “Justice Silenced” Campaign

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.