Posts Tagged ‘ Inmate death ’

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.



Robert Rowan: A Smith County tragedy

Jan 1st, 2015 | By
Robert Rowan: A Smith County tragedy

From Robert Rowan’s family: “Robert was born Aug 27, 1987, and he was a great man. He loved his family with all his heart. He loved to be out on the boat with his cousin William. He enjoyed working on cars, riding dirt bikes, riding back roads, having a cold beer and just enjoying life.
There is not a day that goes by that we don’t think about Robert.
His death was something that should not have happened.”



See you on the other side, Robert

Dec 29th, 2014 | By

Robert Rowan was born Aug 27, 1987, and he was a great man. He loved his family with all his heart. He loved to be out on the boat with his cousin William. He enjoyed working on cars, riding dirt bikes, riding back roads, having a cold beer and just enjoying life.
There is not a day that goes by that we don’t think about Robert.
His death was something that should not have happened.



To my little brother

Dec 29th, 2014 | By
To my little brother

I have been fighting for justice for my younger brother since he passed away in 2012 [in the Bexar County Jail]. Tommy was a shy, but friendly, outgoing person, filled with more love and kindness than anyone I have ever met. Oh, how his smile was infectious and his laugh was always sincere and contagious! Tommy worked as an electrician for over 8 years, as well as helping out friends and family with anything they might need. His daughter was 3 years old when he passed away—she has his smile and his personality and that keeps his memory alive.



Gaines County: Abel Vasquez dies after suicide attempt at jail

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By

 Tuesday, September 9, 2014 11:37 AM, NewsWest9.com GAINES COUNTY – A Gaines County Jail inmate has died after attempting suicide. The incident happened on Sunday at the Gaines County Law Enforcement Center. We’re told that 18-year-old Abel Marroquin Vasquez from Seagraves was attempting suicide by hanging. Officials say that Vasquez was taken to Memorial Hospital



James McGowan dies in Montague County Jail

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By

by Mechell Dixon 07/31/2014, Texoma’shomepage.com Texas Rangers are investigating the death of a Bowie man who was found in his Montague County jail cell. Trooper Tony Fulton says 28 year old James McGowan was booked into the jail last week. The Montague County Sheriff’s office lists McGowan’s charges as theft of a firearm and unlawful



Gregory Lange dies in the Tom Green County Jail

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By

11/11/14 from EverythingLubbock.com SAN ANGELO, TX —  The Texas Rangers are investigating the death of an inmate at the Tom Green County Jail. The inmate was a former Runnels County Justice of the Peace who was in jail for a DWI conviction. Jailers found 58-year-old Gregory Lange unresponsive and unconscious in the Tom Green County jail



Inez Trujillo Jr dies in Duval County Jail

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By

Thursday, September 11, 2014 3:24 pm from the Alice Echo News Journal    The Texas Ranger Service is currently investigating an in-custody death that occurred at the Duval County Jail. Texas Ranger Jeff Rickel was called in by Duval County Investigators to conduct an independent investigation into the death of a Duval County inmate. The



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?



Giving a sick inmate the benefit of the doubt can save his life

Apr 27th, 2014 | By
Giving a sick inmate the benefit of the doubt can save his life

Linell Redden lost her beloved husband Robert to the Denton county jail, a place often accused of having poor medical care and indifferent staff. She gives her insightful comments on the 8th anniversary of his death.
“The inmates need to be given the benefit of the doubt when they have a potential life threatening complaint and they should be treated the sameway they’d be treated in any other any doctor’s office. Protocols need to constantly be reviewed and adhered to, and sometimes common sense needs to come into play. Don’t listen to those staff who insinuate inmates are going to the infirmary to do some easy time or because they want to look at a pretty nurse….a person in jail can be sick and if untreated, they can and do die.”