Posts Tagged ‘ visitation ’

Screen To Screen: Bexar County Jail

Jul 28th, 2015 | By

Diana Claitor, executive director of the Texas Jail Project, an inmate advocacy organization, said McAuliffe, Ibañez and Gravens are absolutely correct: video visitation should not replace in-person non-contact visits.

“There should be both kinds of visitation and they should definitely not eliminate face-to-face visitations for a couple reasons,” Claitor said. “One is that most people, or a lot of people, don’t relate as well to a video image, especially children. It’s very important for children to be able to see their parents and know they’re OK.”

Secondly, technology can be flawed and Claitor said she’s seen instances across the state where images and sound are flawed and visits are cut short when the system fails.

“This is a constant problem with their visitation and it causes an enormous amount of alienation and anger on part of the families,” Claitor said. “And, as the research shows, visitation is an extremely important indicator on whether people recidivate. It’s a very important part of incarceration whether it be jail or prison.”

19th Century Harris County Jail: shouting to be heard

Jan 10th, 2015 | By
19th Century Harris County Jail: shouting to be heard

Finally! Houston Chronicle reporter James Pinkerton brings attention to an often overlooked subject that is so important to prisoners and their families: visitation at the Baker Street jail. Texas Jail Project has long wanted to shine a light on what one older father called 19th century conditions when he came to visit his son week after week, and couldn’t hear anything he said.
This excerpt is from our interview (see Inmate Stories) of an observant woman held 13 months there: “At Harris County Jail, the visitation rooms do not provide telephones; they have plexiglass windows with holes in them through which inmates and visitors have to shout at one another to be heard. It is extremely stressful to receive a visitor because it is so difficult to hear anything over all the shouting that is going on [around you]. I finally worked out a system with my uncles, who came to see me regularly, to bring paper and pen and we communicated by writing messages to one another, instead of trying to yell through the plexiglass…. Thus, even visitation was an unpleasant and stressful event ….” Despite her loneliness and despair during her long pretrial detention, when she saw how hard visitation was on family members, she told them to stop coming.

Grimes County Sheriff Website Provides Good Info

Apr 26th, 2012 | By

If you are looking for answers to questions about your county jail, you may not find much on their website and many Texans report finding it very difficult to get any answers on the phone, because they never can get a real person on the line! On the other hand, Grimes County has a helpful

Prisoners’ Families Bill of Rights

Apr 16th, 2012 | By
Prisoners’ Families Bill of Rights

TJP says it’s about time! Thanks to Razor Wire Women for this posting.
A coalition of prison family members and representatives of secular and faith based organizations serving prison families from across the United States in attendance at the 2012 National Prisoner’s Family Conference affirmed the following

Visiting Comal County Jail?

Oct 21st, 2011 | By

Friends and loved ones of inmates in Comal County Jail tell us this: 1. First of all, it helps to look at their website, and check out the visitation schedule – but sometimes they don’t  tell everything you need to know. 2. Write to your loved one and tell him to put you on their visitor list.

San Antonio: Punishing Inmate Families

Jul 25th, 2010 | By

Some days Sylvia Gomez thinks it is harder for her to get inside the Bexar County Jail to visit her son than it would be for him to break out and come to her. It’s not the strict dress code, invasive security measures or even the agitated and sometimes unruly residents of the imposing red-brick fortress.

May, 2010: Dallas County Jail Has a Dress Code!

May 29th, 2010 | By

A family member just emailed, May 29, 2010: You will be sent away if you wear shorts or dresses above the knee. No sleeveless tops are allowed either. It is so heartbreaking to watch people wait 2 hours in line after paying $3 to park only to be sent home without seeing their loved one

Nightmare on Baker Street—Julia’s Year in the Harris County Jail

Mar 11th, 2010 | By

Jail is not meant to be a holiday, but one might expect to at least be treated as a human being. What I witnessed, during my time in the suicide watch section and in general population, was a nightmare, not just in terms of myself, but more in how I saw others treated. My first

Ft. Bend Sent Inmates Far Away

Jan 20th, 2010 | By

The Fort Bend Star published a letter by Sue Ann Lorig (“Sending Prisoners to Another Facility Disturbing,” April 16, 2008) about the Ford Bend County Commission’s decision to send county prisoners over 500 miles away to the Dickens County Correctional Center. Local resident Sue Ann Lorig is a volunteer for Texas Jail Project.

Bexar County Maintains Inmate Family Ties

Feb 17th, 2008 | By

Inside a stark, gray waiting room in the Bexar County Adult Detention Center a sign reads, “Thank you for visiting the inmates.”
About 5 p.m. Feb. 11, 31 children, many dressed up for the occasion, slowly arrived with moms, grandparents and other caretakers. They ranged from infants to age 15, though most were preschoolers or kindergartners.
A women bent down and asked her toddler son, “Are you ready to see daddy?”