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The Death Of Victoria Gray: How Texas Jails Are Failing Their Most Vulnerable Captives

Victoria Gray

Just over a year ago, 18-year-old Victoria was found hanging from a bookshelf inside her isolated jail cell. An investigation into her death exposed that jailers, in direct violation of the law, failed to check on her nearly a dozen times and failed to contact a judge for days despite her mental health screening results. In honor of Victoria, Think Progress took a closer look at suicides in Texas jails and found a deadly and systemic pattern of neglect. "A lot of people don’t realize how much damage can be done to individuals in the county jails," says Texas Jail Project's Executive Director, Diana Claitor.


Hellerstein E. 09/15/2015 The Death Of Victoria Gray: How Texas Jails Are Failing Their Most Vulnerable CaptivesThink Progress.

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Vicki Bankhead
6 years ago

Mr. John Gray…..I feel your pain. My daughter died in the Gregg County Texas jail in December of 2010. I also would like to stand in the cell where her last breath was taken. She was denied her prescription medications. My heart goes out to you and your family. I also don’t understand. I wish you peace and comfort.

Stacy Duff
3 years ago

I am currently fighting for my son who was incarcerated for back childsupport last month. 180 day stay was given for 2200.00 and a first offense. My son has been on a combination of three drugs to help manage his depression and bipolar disorder that was diagnosed as a child. Because he was assaulted by deputies on the way to jail I reported the activity to the texas rangers. In response they sherriff moved my son to a jail that doesn’t approve of one of the medications…….so they have stopped giving it to him. I don’t understand how they can get away it.