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When your mentally ill loved one is incarcerated

Aug 20th, 2015 | By
When your mentally ill loved one is incarcerated

You need to to get help for your loved one as soon as they are arrested. If nobody at the jail will talk to you about this, ask the lawyer to get this information to the right person at the jail or contact us at info@texasjailproject.org ….And remember what they say in this list:
“In your fax, do NOT discuss any criminal charges. Medical information only!”



Dozens of inmates die in Texas jails each year

Aug 18th, 2015 | By
Dozens of inmates die in Texas jails each year

Texas Jail Project director Diana Claitor discussing inmate deaths in Texas jails on KXAN news.



A son lost to a Texas city jail

Jul 13th, 2015 | By
A son lost to a Texas city jail

Look into the eyes of Ron Converse, to understand the cost of no regulations of city jails. His son, a 26-year-old welder from Wisconsin named Chad Silvis, killed himself in the Kemah City Jail after being arrested for public intoxication.
City jailers in Texas don’t have to meet the minimum standards that county jails do. State officials aren’t even sure how many city jails are operating across Texas, but estimate there are at least 350. Diana Claitor, director of the Texas Jail Project, describes this death as an unnecessary tragedy for families. She said, “People have blinders on and don’t seem to be willing to work on this issue of suicides in jails.”
Read St. John Barned-Smith’s story to find out how such tragedies can be prevented.



Neglect of people in jail can kill

Sep 14th, 2014 | By
Neglect of people in jail can kill

The numbers of people dying in county jails are adding up in 2014. On October 6th, 37-year-old Iretha Lilly died hours after being tased by a McLennan County deputy; because of many reports to us of jailers failing to respond to a person in a medical crisis, we are asking how long was Ms. Lilly in heart failure before she was taken to the ER? In September saw the tragic death of 18-year-old Victoria Gray in the Brazoria County Jail, after that jail failed to protect her despite knowing of her history. Both of them were pretrial—not yet convicted. (Our list is only of deaths within county jails, not police custody.) Earlier this year, when Courtney Ruth Elmore died in the Brown County Jail, was staff properly trained to watch for respiratory failure?



Pregnant in a Texas County Jail?

Jan 1st, 2013 | By
Pregnant in a Texas County Jail?

Each month Texas county jails tally the number of pregnant inmates and report that to the Jail Commission. Some are only held there a few days, but others may be incarcerated for weeks and months and a number will deliver their babies in local hospitals while in custody.