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National report matches our reports from Texas families

Oct 20th, 2014 | By
National report matches our reports from Texas families

The American Friends report to the UN describes the inhumanity of the U.S. justice system and the mistreatment of humans in our prisons and jails. Family members across Texas are reporting on similar conditions in many in our Texas county jails. Will Texas legislators step up and demand changes?
“At the close of 2012, the U.S. led the world in incarceration rates1 with over 2.2 million adults held in prisons and jails. Why is this the case? Deeply flawed policies focusing on punishment − not healing or rehabilitation − have created a pipeline through which economically disadvantaged populations are funneled into prisons and jails. Incarcerated individuals are frequently exposed to deplorable, cruel, and dangerous conditions of confinement that no human being should experience.”



Disabled veteran describes Montgomery County Jail

Jun 3rd, 2014 | By
Disabled veteran describes Montgomery County Jail

I’m James Bernard, a pastor and a disabled veteran. I was jailed on a warrant by the Judge on a probation revocation due to a failed urinalysis. Although I had provided my probation officer a letter from my doctor stating what medication I took–Phenobarbital—and that it was necessary for seizures, the officer failed to turn



Jail Commission meeting is open to public

Jul 17th, 2013 | By
Jail Commission meeting is open to public

If you want to contribute your ideas or report on conditions in a jail, consider coming to the QUARTERLY MEETING of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. The next one is THURSDAY, AUGUST 1ST. It starts at 9 am and there is a very brief period for public input soon after it starts. Be aware this is not a discussion with commissioners: you go to the podium, state your name and get 3 minutes to tell them about your concern. They will not respond because that is the format–they listen but do not talk with you. But your complaint is on the record and everybody knows about it.



Claitor Comments on 2012 Abilene Sheriff Story

Mar 4th, 2012 | By
Claitor Comments on 2012 Abilene Sheriff Story

The Abilene Reporter ran a piece at the end of February providing a forum for Sheriff Les Bruce (above left) in which he describes the superiority of the Abliene jailers over Houston jailers and says they committ very few “errors.” TJP’s Director– and many citizens in Abllene–beg to differ. Read Claitor’s comment she posted at the newspaper.



Lawsuit Against Brazoria County Jailers

Mar 1st, 2012 | By
Lawsuit Against Brazoria County Jailers

I remember when Beverly wrote me about her husband, and how sick and sad I felt when I learned her husband Lisandro had died in that jail. She had also written the Commission on Jail Standards and they were no help either. Here is what she said back in 2010:

“I wrote you about my husband to you over a month ago, he died due to lack of medical care. . . his name was Lisandro Torres and we have a 16 yr old son. The jail maintained until his death he was faking after a massive stroke and was having problems breathing, chest pain, could’nt swallow and was tormented by several jailers and nurses. Nobody would listen and still wont but he sent me the proof three weeks before he died and over 100 letters [about what was happening.]”



Abilene Mom Thanks TJP

Dec 31st, 2011 | By
Abilene Mom Thanks TJP

I would like to thank Diane and Diana and the Texas Jail Project for coming to Abilene and showing the medical neglect and mistreatment of inmates in the Taylor County Jail. She listened to our stories when everyone else had a dead ear.



Taylor County Thanks TJP for Listening!

Jul 12th, 2011 | By

I would like to think Diane and Diana and the Texas Jail Project for coming to Abilene and stepping in on making the medical neglect and mistreatment of inmates in the Taylor County Jail. She listened to our stories when everyone else had a dead ear. She helped my son Westley Freeman when he was



Why Was Our Father Killed in the Harris County Jail?

Jun 17th, 2011 | By
Why Was Our Father Killed in the Harris County Jail?

by Kenneth Ware,  Houston Chronicle      Relatives of a 72-year-old mentally ill man spent Father’s Day protesting outside the Harris County Jail, where he died five months ago. Community activist Quanell X and two dozen other people marched, chanted and displayed photos of Norman Hicks Sr., who died in January of fatal injuries received inside



Walker County Jail In Bad Shape

Jun 15th, 2011 | By

“If the jail loses it’s certification, it has to be shut down. Sheriff McRae says they can’t expand the jail because they would lose their certification. The Texas Commission on Jails, the state’s governing board on Jails, has grandfathered the Walker County Jail. This allows them to operate even while having the problems they do.”



Diane Wilson speaks on jails, civil disobedience and her life

Dec 1st, 2010 | By

Listen to Diane at her most thoughtful and passionate, in early November, when she spoke to a diverse group of Austinites and out of towners. We thank Allan Campbell of KOOP radio for recording and posting this: http://www.archive.org/details/PeopleUnited-November122010