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2017 Amplify

Feb 26th, 2017 | Category: TJP Newsletter

Anybody can be arrested, guilty or not. If that happens, you are taken to your county jail. Texas has 245 of them. None of them, including Travis County Correctional Center, have adequate oversight. Four inspectors for the entire state! And only one Texas Jail Project, to provide support and information. We rely on public donations to do this work.

We are the only nonprofit, non-governmental organization in Texas that has been working on county jail issues for 10 years. Each week, we receive emails and calls from families of inmates reporting medical neglect, lack of psychiatric meds, mistreatment, solitary confinement, and in some instances, even death, in those local jails. The system is, for the most part, broken.

The letters of appreciation we get are a constant reminder of how crucial our work is. And we work in many areas: in 2016, we started Jail Reads to supply books to small and medium sized jails, and in the current legislature, we are providing witnesses to support bills protecting incarcerated pregnant inmates and to support the Sandra Bland Act.

We also publicize the positive effects of classes and treatment inside the jails: read the op-ed about Travis County Correctional Complex by our director in the February 25th issue of  the Austin-American Statesman.

Please consider contributing to Texas Jail Project during Amplify Austin – an annual citywide day of online giving.  Wherever you live, no matter how small the donation, that support will make a difference.

Although the official period of giving is from 6 p.m. March 2nd to 6 p.m. March 3rd, you can schedule your donation at any time. Help us make county jails more humane and safe while giving voice to the underserved communities of Texas.

We are counting on you to join the Amplify effort for Texas Jail Project!


Contact Us:
Email is the fastest way to reach us: info@texasjailproject.org
You can also leave a message at: (512) 469-7665

About Us:
Four women formed Texas Jail Project in 2006 to call attention to the widespread abuse and neglect of some 65,000 women and men held each day in 245 local jails.

On average, more than 70% of the inmates in local jails are pretrial detainees, and an estimated 1/3 of them are experiencing mental conditions and/or substance abuse issues.

Conditions and practices in our jails are devastating the lives and mental health of inmates, many of whom are inside for low-level, non-violent offenses. We seek to transform this culture inside the jails.

Jail Project of Texas (dba Texas Jail Project) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that relies on public donations.
EIN # 45-2666807

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