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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.

The Death of Nathan Pierce

Jul 30th, 2012 | By
The Death of Nathan Pierce

Texas Jail Project is concerned, as are many people, about a person with mental disorders being shot to death during transport to a state hospital. Our deepest sympathies to his mother and the rest of the family. We are shocked to hear from them that there were no charges and no further investigation of this death and that the family has been left high and dry. . . what kind of county treats the loved ones of its citizens like this? Texas Jail Project supports efforts to find out more about how this officer came to shoot an unarmed person on the way to ta hospital. There is a link to a newstory about the shooting of Nathan Pierce by a Grayson County deputy on the next page, along with an obituary we obtained online.

Death of Edwinta Deckert Changes Nacogdoches Jail

Jul 11th, 2012 | By
Death of Edwinta Deckert Changes Nacogdoches Jail

A Texas Ranger investigation actually finds a jail and its staff responsible for the death of a person in their custody, due to lack of medical care! This outcome is rare and Texas Jail Project is relieved to see it happen. Even more importantly, the Nacogdoches Commissioners Court took steps to prevent other deaths by creating a new position who will advise jailers on procedures and practices to follow when dealing with ill or injured inmates. We hope that people in Nacogdoches County will let us know if there is any improvement in the medical care in that jail.

Second Conroe Suicide in Two Months

Jun 29th, 2012 | By
Second Conroe Suicide in Two Months

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!

Montano dies at the Orange County Jail

Oct 26th, 2011 | By

The death of an Orange County correctional facility inmate is under investigation by the Texas Rangers. Forty-one year-old Robert Montano had been in the jail’s infirmary since his arrest. Acadian ambulance and the Orange Fire Department were dispatched early yesterday morning to attempt life-saving techniques on Montano, but they were unsuccessful. An autopsy is planned.

Montano Dies in Orange County Jail Infirmary

Oct 20th, 2011 | By

An inmate at the Orange County Correctional Facility died Wednesday morning from undisclosed medical issues. Robert Montano, 41, of Orange was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Derry Dunn after paramedics were unable to save him around 5 a.m., according to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Montano was originally booked into the

Falls County Jail Death

Oct 9th, 2011 | By

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 4:35 PM EST</em> by Brandon Hartman FALLS COUNTY –   The State Jail Standards Commission is now asking for all records in connection to a 32-year old found dead in a Falls County Detention Center jail cell at 3:48 a.m. Tuesday morning. Falls County EMS service was notified and responded to the

Jail Commission Reports on Complaints from 2009

Jun 2nd, 2010 | By

By Melinda Hieber, Complaints Investigator, in the newsletter of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. (Be aware that the article is aimed at jail administrators and sheriffs, not the general public.) Fiscal year 2010 is coming to a close. However, I wanted to share with you our final numbers from FY 2009. I hope that

Jail Standards Report on Inmates’ Complaints

Jun 2nd, 2010 | By

By: Melinda Hieber, Complaints Investigator, Texas Commission on Jail Standards Fiscal year 2010 is coming to a close. However, I wanted to share with you our final numbers from FY 2009. I hope that this will shed some light on the numbers and types of complaints that we deal with on a daily basis. Not

Protesters Slam Taylor County Jail at Rally

Oct 16th, 2008 | By

by Jerry Daniel Reed, Leaders of the Texas Jail Project on Tuesday delivered a harsh indictment of the Taylor County Jail, including a mock “Texas Hellhole Award.” The organization announced the designation at a news conference and rally at the war memorial north of the Taylor County Courthouse that attracted roughly two dozen people.