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Why Support Texas Jail Project on Giving Tuesday

Nov 30th, 2021 | Category: TJP Newsletter

Support Texas Jail Project This Giving Tuesday

Texas Jail Project relies on public donations to do our urgent and essential work challenging mass incarceration at its front door: the county jail. Your donations help us monitor jail conditions, disburse direct aid, support pretrial diversion, and craft groundbreaking storytelling projects that uplift the experiences of incarcerated community members.

This holiday season, nearly 70,000 people will be separated from their loved ones in a Texas jail. Of these 70,000 lives, 68% percent are pretrial, waiting for their case to be adjudicated as courts unhurriedly slug through the pandemic’s second year. In jails, thousands have contracted COVID-19 and at least 128 people have died since January.

Your donations will support…

  • Resources for jail diversion and bailout support (housing, transportation, utilities)

  • The cost of mail and direct calls from our community in jail

  • Programming in rural counties for recently incarcerated folks and their families e.g. writing workshops, healing circles, and virtual town halls

  • Texas Jail Project’s commitment to pay fairness and robust wellness benefits for our staff

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  • Exposed and reported dangerous, inhumane jail conditions during Texas’ Winter Storm Uri, raising more than $50,000 in one week to fund water, food, and commissary deposits for our incarcerated community

  • Through our bail fund in Tyler, Texas, reunited more than 30 individuals with their community

  • Joined partners from Texas Fair Defense Project, Grassroots Leadership, and Restoring Justice to hold judges accountable for the jail population crisis in Harris county jail

  • Published Shedding Light, a groundbreaking digital archive of stories, experiences, and art in jail

  • Joined a coalition of civil rights and advocacy groups to expose conditions of Operation Lone Star pretrial detainees held in TDCJ units

  • Funded short-term housing to secure pretrial releases

  • Helped families secure guardianship for babies born while their parent is incarcerated

  • Organized dozens of testimonies at county commissioners courts across the state

  • Secured gender affirming medicine in jail

  • Disbursed over $100,000 in unrestricted direct aid to recently incarcerated folks and their loved ones for rent, utilities, transportation, medical and other expenses

  • Organized and participated in direct action to decarcerate Harris county jail and hold District Attorney Kim Ogg accountable

  • Received two Art For Justice: Art and Advocacy grant awards! One, to continue our innovative collaboration with Zealous and Civil Rights Corps, expanding the Shedding Light archive. Our second project will be in partnership with Jesse Krimes, American artist and curator who focuses on criminal injustice and contemporary perceptions of criminality

  • Joined Vera Institute’s In Our Backyards cohort for the second year in a row

  • Selected to join Ms. Foundation For Women’s Ms. South 2021 cohort, a multi-year programmatic strategy to strengthen the financial sustainability and leadership development capacity of organizations led by women and girls of color in the U.S. South

  • Filed dozens of complaints with state agencies like the Texas Medical Board, Disability Rights Texas, Texas Indigent Defense Commission, and Texas Commission on Jail Standards

  • Championed HB 1307 in the 87th session of the Texas Legislature, requiring trauma care for incarcerated pregnant people reporting assault or loss of pregnancy, and invited to participate in rulemaking workshops conducted by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, translating this law into administrative code

In the second year of the pandemic, with jail populations on the rise, it’s more important than ever to imagine a world without mass incarceration – a world where systems of punishment are replaced with communities of care. Join us in fighting for a healthier Texas in 2022.

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