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2021 was an unprecedented year for Texas communities impacted by county jail incarceration. Here’s a comprehensive round-up of news featuring stories, interviews, op-eds, and essays from TJP community members and staff in 2021.
The Marshall Project When COVID-19 Hit a Texas Jail, an Activist Demanded Change The Appeal Pregnant Women Allege Abuse in Texas Jails Fort Worth Weekly Humanizing Life Behind Bars Arnold Ventures An Inside Look at Texas Jails During the COVID-19 Pandemic NBC News “Animals At The Zoo Get Better Treatment” Inside Texas’ Frigid Jails Washington Post Texas Inmates Endure Freezing Temperatures TIME . Nearly 200,000 People Still Lack Power Amid Snow, Subzero Temperatures Across Texas. Here’s How To Help Washington Post Op-Ed Why Reimagining Safety Looks Different in Rural America Authored by Executive Director Krish Gundu Texas Tribune Texas Jails and Prisons See Brutal Cold And Overfilled Toilets In Winter Storm Huffington Post People in Texas Jails are “Freezing,’ without Hot Food or Running Water CBS News It’s Like We’re Not Even Human: Texas Inmates Face Frigid Temperatures During Weather Crisis Dallas Observer As COVID-19 Spreads, A Fight to Shutter Parts of Dallas County Jail Texas Observer Clogged Inside Snow Outside: How The Winter Storm Exacerbated Problems in Texas Lock-Ups BreakThrough News A Nation in Chains: Mass Incarceration in Black America: Goldie VanZandt & Krish Gundu interview Tyler Morning Telegraph Pandemic adds new complications for jails struggling to help inmates with mental illness CNN Jails and Prisons were hit hard by Covid-19. Experts say they need to be prioritized for the vaccines Texas Observer How Texas Jails Avoid Investigations of Deaths D Magazine A Story of Two Deaths at the Collin County Jail Mother Jones It’s Terrifying, It’s Almost Crippling: Texas Jails and Prisons Vice News Texas Jails Were Freezing and Smelled Like Urine NPR Short Wave How the Pandemic Has Played Out Behind Bars Blue Tent Philanthropy How a Tiny Group of Activists Built a Criminal Justice Reform Organization The New Yorker A Fight to Expose the Hidden Human Costs of Incarceration Dallas Morning News Texas Community Bail Funds Grow Spectrum News Who Belongs Behind Bars: Texas Bail Reform Debated KLTV News Tyler East Texas jail advocate speaks against bill that would make it harder for some to bond out Houston Chronicle Op-Ed Despite New Law, Texas still has far to go on bail reform Authored by Jerome VanZandt, a formerly incarcerated combat veteran and TJP community member KWTX News Waco Area county jail populations continue to climb amid pandemic Tyler Morning Telegraph Jailed Army Veteran To Be Moved to Medical Facility Following Protest Texas Observer “Locked Up and Left to Die” How Deaths in Texas Jails are Ignored and Unresolved Dallas Observer A Texas Man Begged for Mental Health Help. Instead, He Ended Up in Jail Time and Again Dallas Observer In Texas Jails Some People End Up ‘Lost in the System’ for Months or More Houston Chronicle Vague standards, weak enforcement endanger Texas jail inmates, government watchdog finds Houston Chronicle On July 4th, Texans’ Reflect on Lives, Fortune and Sacred Honor’ made in the Declaration of Independence CBS 19 Covid-19 Incites Tyler Advocate to Focus on Jail Conditions Fort Worth Weekly Tarrant county finally uses cite and release Tyler Morning Telegraph Smith County Commissioners Court continues to battle concerns over jail population and Covid-19 spread Fort Worth Weekly Op-Ed Left Behind Authored by then Texas Jail Project staff member Tamera Hutcherson Fort Worth Weekly Hitting the Fort’ with Texas Jail Project Dallas Morning News Response to the Editorial Board
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