Texas Jail Project & A Tale of Two Nonprofits

Dec 26th, 2012 | By | Category: TJP Newsletter

 TJP thanks Grits for Breakfast, The San Antonio Current, and The Texas Tribune for good reporting on jail issues in 2012.


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A Tale of Two Non Profits: 
Helping Those
With Nowhere to Turn


Texas Jail Project

“I truly appreciate the important work this organization is doing for a forgotten population. It makes a huge difference to our family to have someone working in our corner.” Sister in East Texas, October, 2012.

The TJP website had more than 99,000 individual page views by more than 37,000 unique visitors in 2012, indicating the growing need for information about Texas county jails.
Out of 247 county jails, the ones drawing the most complaints and questions? Dallas, Harris, Comal, Bexar and Montgomery.
Your tax-deductible donation of $25 can help us keep that website going. 
Three more things you can do:
1. Read Inmate Stories and pick one to forward.

2. Get a friend to sign up for our email alerts.
3. Go to the Texas Jail Project group page on Facebook and join http://www.facebook.com/groups/25909552334/?fref=ts
And if you are able, please double your donation because many folks can’t afford to contribute monetarily. They thank us with notes like these: 

“Nobody would answer our questions. I found your website and helped my mother make all the contacts that are suggested on your “complaints” page. Your site is a must for anyone with a loved one in jail. Keep up the good work.” A Daughter from Tarrant County, 2012

“I want to thank Diane (Wilson, TJP founder) and TJP for coming to Abilene and showing the medical neglect and mistreatment of inmates in Taylor County Jail.” Cheryl Freeman-Eubank, mother of an Abilene inmate.

Texas Jail Project had a year of hills and one deep, scary valley, when the IRS decided we didn’t meet their criteria and announced they would deny us non-profit status unless we could prove otherwise. We were saved by Texas C-Bar (Texas Community Building with Attorney Resources) Texas C-Bar has been providing free legal resources and business law services to not-for-profit groups that work to improve the quality of life in our low-income communities for 12 years. 
At first we tried to get help from an organization that supposedly supports Texas non-profits, but despite dues and a consultation fee, they did nothing to help when we were in trouble. In fact, they told us we were done for!
“Give it up–you can’t beat the IRS–and please make out that check to…”
Well, we won’t say to who.
Texas C-Bar, on the other hand, said, “Yes, we CAN!” Despite a horrifyingly short three-week deadline from IRS, attorneys D’Ann Johnson and Andrea March strategized, educated themselves on the work done by Texas Jail Project, wrote that up into a beautiful profile, refiled all our paperwork, and just CRANKED, working around the clock to save us while still keeping up with all their prior commitments. The IRS 
granted our official 501(c)(3) status. 
Then, in accordance with their mission to support those who serve the underserved populations of our state, Texas C-Bar donated all those billable hours to TJP.
The Texas C-Bar website is chock full of information, they provide brochures and regular workshops on everything from how to correctly file with the IRS to managing volunteers, and they hook up not-for-profit groups with top notch attorneys. 
Can you now make a contribution to this valuable organization to say thanks? Click here for info on donations to Texas C-Bar.

SPECIAL THANKS TO TJP’S HUGE HELPERS OF 2012: Maria Anna Esparza, Erica Gammill, David Hanson, Kinnu Gundu, Walter Long, Sue Ann Lorig, Robert McCausland, Karen Pavelka, Virginia Raymond, Matt Simpson, and Red Wassenich.


Contact Us:
Email is the fastest way to reach us: diana@texasjailproject.org
You can also leave a message at: (512) 597-8746

About Us:
Four women formed Texas Jail Project in 2006 to call attention to the widespread abuse and neglect of some 67,000 women and men in approximately 246 county facilities in Texas.
On average, more than 60% of the inmates in local jails are pre-trial detainees, and many of those are people with mental disorders and/or addiction issues. TJP helps families report problems to the right people to get action; we publicize inmates’ stories and we provide information to lawmen and lawmakers about the issues of importance to people incarcerated in county jails. As a result, a law providing for medical care and enumeration of pregnant inmates and another that banned shackling of women during childbirth were passed, and the practice of nighttime releases is being recognized as a life-threatening problem.

TJP is a not-for-profit group dependent on public donations. Our official name with the Texas Secretary of State is Jail Project of Texas.

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