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Waco: Lawsuits and Violations in the Jack Harwell Jail

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TJP staff authored this Waco Tribune guest column about neglect, abuse, and death occurring in Waco's privately run Jack Harwell jail.

LaSalle Corrections is the for-profit company that runs the Jack Harwell Center for McLennan County. 'We think they’re excellent operators and, unfortunately, sometimes things like this happen,' said McLennan County Judge Scott Felton. But that’s not what families with loved ones in that jail say.


Claitor D. and Larsen R. 12/27/2015 Diana Claitor, Rebecca Larsen, guest columnists: McLennan County jail increasingly mired in abuseWaco Tribune-Herald.

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jason shelton

I am from Victoria texas. and have accumulated several years of incarceration in the Victoria county jail due to a 2003 forgery and a felony dwi in 09. I have been put in solitary confinement while going through severe alcohol withdrawels on several occasions with no medical attention. I have watched crippled men sleep on the floor and men withdrawing fall from top bunks and spend hours waiting for attention. Pretrial inmates are held beyond the statute limits, court appointed attorneys will not educate the client. There is no law library and if you request info about your case or… Read more »


It is an organized criminal organization. Cosa Nostra in Texas? Looks like gov’t. is lining some pockets big time.

Ramona Russum

I have a complaint against the County Jail in Waco,Texas. I was in jail for a little over 24 hours. I received no food during that time. I wasn’t even offered food. I asked a question and got handcuffed to a chair. I screamed in terror for two hours!! I was assaulted physically and verbally. I had bruises on my face and body that other people saw. I think it is deplorable how staff treat people. i think it is wrong when they are the criminals of violence and they think it is all right because they can get away… Read more »