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Photo: Krish Gundu, 2006

Diane Wilson, a writer-activist and 4th generation shrimper, was incarcerated in the Victoria County Jail for her environmental protest in 2006. Read her 9 page letter from jail which inspired three of her friends to join her in starting Texas Jail Project after her release. Ann Wright, the nationally-known peace activist and retired U.S. Army Colonel, Houston based activist and organizer with the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal Krishnaveni (Kinnu) Gundu and Austin writer/historian Diana Claitor, came together with the mission of calling attention to how conditions in the local county jails are often unsafe, inhumane and detrimental to mental and physical health, damaging individuals, their families and entire communities.