About 500 pregnant women are incarcerated in Texas county jails each month. 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.
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Chelsi Moy published a wonderful story in the Missoulian about a beautiful woman who killed herself in the Uvalde jail. Read all of it here.
Patulla Williams had been dead for several hours before anyone thought to check on her. The 29-year-old was found d dead in a Texas jail cell, a television cord wrapped around her neck. Her death in December placed a tragic period at the end of a life plagued by trouble, a life that began in a foster home in western Montana.
Williams had struggled for decades with abuse from her early life, but she disguised it well, the hurt hidden behind a smile radiant enough to stop strangers in their tracks wherever she went. And Williams went a lot of places.
Imagine your loved one, out of his or her mind with a terrible mental problem–incarcerated in a local jail. On the next page, a Texas Tribune story tells of a tragic end for such a person. (“Llano County Jail Death”) Now we have received a personal note that describes just how difficult it is to deal with the system when trying to help a mentally ill person inside a jail:
“My brother had been incarcerated for months in an East Texas county jail and due to mental illness needed transfer to a mental health facility…We had called several different advocacy organizations with no success and I was just so thrilled and relieved when I spoke to Diana. She was the first to take an interest and start looking into my brother’s case.”
“The defendants completely ignored the serious medical and mental health needs of Mr. Salazar during his detention at the Nueces County Jail,” the lawsuit reads.
This statement probably applies to many suicides, according to information and reports gathered by Texas Jail Project.
How many people have to kill themselves before the MOCO jail administrators make some changes? Both these men used bed sheets to kill themselves. Neither were convicted and Noboa had been held for a year and was in a single cell, in isolation. In many parts of the U.S. and the world, prolonged solitary confinement is considered torture. And Texas Jail Project has been receiving more and more complaints about this jail’s treatment of inmates over the past few months. We need a real investigation of this jail. As well as an investigation of pre-trial detention that lasts a year!
In this article by Alex Horvath, we see that more and moref people are DYING in county jails – and not just in Texas. But because Texas has so many county jails with so many inmates, the numbers here are depressingly high. While some would have died anyway, many die directly as a result of poor care and neglect. Texans can change this by asking more questions and paying attention to the way their county is running their jail. Churches and civic groups and even indicviduals can promote programs and activities to change the jails from isolated incubators of illness and more crime.
The investigation of an inmate at Webb County Jail leads to the arrests of two correctional officers. Esteban Paez, Sr. and Enrique Villarreal turned themselves in to authorities following a custodial death investigation earlier this month. A joint investigation with the Webb County Sheriff’s office and Texas Rangers revealed the two didn’t follow procedures. Inmate Charlie
By Zeke MacCormack, Updated 12:01 a.m., Saturday, May 14, 2011, MySanAntonio The Texas Rangers are investigating a Gillespie County Jail inmate’s death that’s being described as an apparent suicide. “It’s very unfortunate,” Gillespie County Sheriff Buddy Mills said Thursday of the death of Damion Schroeder, 37, formerly of San Antonio, Austin and Fair Oaks Ranch. Schroeder
Sheriff Walters of San Jacinto County Jail stated that the family did not notify the jail of an inmate’s suicidal tendencies. Oddly enough, he also says, “Everyone involved has been disciplined and we are looking to get things back to normal.” Does that mean that the jail was at least partially at fault? Also, if the
By Matt Pulle, Dallas Observer In February 2005, Alice Lynch-Fullen visited her brother, Christopher Lynch, at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center after he was arrested on rape charges in Grand Prairie. A large, imposing man, Lynch had ligature marks around his neck, alerting his distraught sister that he had tried to hang himself. “Don’t let