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2016 10th Anniversary

Oct 21st, 2016 | Category: TJP Newsletter

Celebrate our 10th birthday
Thursday, November 17th!

Join the four founders of our group for hor d’ouvres, drinks and live music from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at The Old School, an historic home at 1604 E. 11th St. in East Austin.

Guest speakers:

  • Diane Wilson – activist, author and TJP co-founder
  • Rep. Celia Israel – representing Texas 50th district
Live Music by:
  • Eric Hisaw – singer / songwriter
Tickets are available here and also at the door: $25 Friend, $50 Advocate, $120 Special Advocate.If you cannot join us, please consider:

  1. Buying a ticket for someone who can’t afford one.
  2. Reading Jailhouse Stories and picking one to forward.
  3. Join the Texas Jail Project Group on Facebook.

What else is going on with TJP?
  • With the help of a generous donation from an individual, we launched Jail Reads, an exciting new program to provide quality educational and self-help books to people in jail free of charge. Jail Reads focuses on counties with low income levels, where only basic necessities are funded. The 245 county jails in Texas are not required to have a library like state prisons are. And many people do not have families who can afford to order books for them. So far 12 county jails have signed up.
  • We help families on a daily basis, providing crisis intervention and pushing for answers. Families often reach out to us because of the deterioration of a loved one’s mental health in jail. A mother in Erath County wrote to us in October: “I just want to Thank You for all you do to help people with everything from resources to encouragement and beyond. I honestly could not do any of this without you. It truly is NOT easy and if it wasn’t for all of the help you provide and the connections you led me to I’d be a mess and wouldn’t be able to help my son.
  •  We welcomed two new board members in August: Eric Tang, Assistant Professor, at the University of Texas, Austin; and Amanda Woog who is a post doctoral legal fellow at the University of Texas, Austin.
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