Inmate Stories

RIP Greg Cheek: One of Us

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
RIP Greg Cheek: One of Us

From his wife and the mother of his little girl: “Miss and love ya! Greg was a good friend, a loving father, a talented surfer, painter, and had a heart of gold. My husband battled mental health issues and as we all know Texas cut the budget for mental health a huge amount…”

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.

The Birth of her Baby in Bexar County Jail

Jun 13th, 2012 | By
The Birth of her Baby in Bexar County Jail

I panicked one day when the police came knocking on my door. I pretended not to be home, but they knew that I was. I decided that this was it; my life was a mess and I couldn’t trust anyone. So, hoping to die, I turned on my stove, placed an unused aerosol can into the flames and waited for it to explode, thinking that I would explode along with it. It did explode, but instead of killing me, it ignited my cabinets. I ran out of the apartment unharmed, but the entire apartment burned down. I told God that I was sorry and that I would never try anything like that again. Soon the police carried me away by my arms and pushed me into an EMS vehicle. They asked me if I needed medical attention to which I shook my head, “no.” I did not trust these people and I did not want them to touch me in any way.

RIP Amy Lynn Cowling, 1977–2010

May 12th, 2012 | By


Tomorrow will be the second Mother’s Day spent without my beautiful Mama. There hasn’t been a day yet that I didn’t think about her and the wonderful memories she left behind. She was a beautiful person with a good heart and the best of intentions. If I knew then what I know now, I would’ve thanked her for the life she blessed me with as well as the unconditional love she had for me, my brother, and my sister. We miss you so much, Mom… I know if you were alive now, you’d be proud. With the love and support of each other… we’ve grown up alot. I just wish you were here to see…. I love you, and I know in my heart… I’ll see your beautiful face again oneday. ♥

Saher’s Story: a Young Man’s Suffering in Bexar

Oct 24th, 2011 | By
Saher’s Story: a Young Man’s Suffering in Bexar

Former inmate Saher describes his experiences in the Bexar county jail during the year and eight months he was held there. His story highlights how inmates with mental illness are often abused or neglected, especially when they are members of a religious minority from another part of the world.  I was arrested in February 2008 when

RIP: Robert Jones Redden—1955 to 2006

Nov 14th, 2010 | By
RIP: Robert Jones Redden—1955 to 2006

Robert was born November 10, 1955. Linell says: He and I were empty nesters, married 26 years. We had 2 children and one grandson. After his death July 9th, 2006, another grandson was born whom he will never meet. Robert is also survived by his parents and three siblings and many nieces and nephews. Robert

Miller’s Montgomery County Jail Diary

Nov 7th, 2010 | By

Despite the fact that I was non-racist, non-gang affiliated, non-violent and not suicidal, I was labeled a Medium Risk and housed with folks that were racist, gang affiliated and violent.

Speaking Out About Potter County Jail

Jul 17th, 2010 | By

Captain Haney, I was in your facility for several weeks this year – 2010, not because I have a long history of crime but because I chose to serve my time and get it behind me. I am a college educated professional myself but even though I chose to take the shortest and more uncomfortable

A Look Into the Montgomery County Jail

Jun 1st, 2010 | By

In 2006, Law and Order Magazine recognized the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office as the “best dressed” sheriff’s office in the nation. As Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel says, “We utilize a number of different uniforms here for a variety of duties, so it’s important to have a uniform that is comfortable and functional” (Law and Order,

Nightmare on Baker Street—Julia’s Year in the Harris County Jail

Mar 11th, 2010 | By

Jail is not meant to be a holiday, but one might expect to at least be treated as a human being. What I witnessed, during my time in the suicide watch section and in general population, was a nightmare, not just in terms of myself, but more in how I saw others treated. My first