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
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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.
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.
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.]“
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.
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
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
“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.”
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
The excellent blog called Texas Prison Bidness… http://www.texasprisonbidness.org/ now has an interactive map which has color-coded pins to show exactly which county jails and prisons and immigration prisons are run by private prison companies like CCA and Geo, Inc. Click on a pin and you get the basic info, for example, clicking on Del Rio