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Conditions in County Jails

A Correctional Officer Comments on Conditions

Jul 3rd, 2012

A jailer wrote to us, telling us of positive changes at the jail we were all concerned about.  This account has to be anonymous to respect the privacy and protect the job of this correctional officer. We hope to hear from more jailers. “There have been so many good changes since you and the chaplains and the

Dallas Jail Passes Inspection Again

Mar 30th, 2012

Texas Jail Project has been monitoring the number of complaints and calls for help from inmates inside Dallas County Jail, and the numbers are down. This week, one mother in California who was worried about her son reported that she was relieved to hear her son had received treatment for the flu that many inmates have right now. This is good news, but we still look for more improvement, since the #1 search term used most often on the Texas Jail Project website is Lew Sterritt, the name of the Dallas county jail – and that’s because a lot of people are looking for information and help in dealing with this jail.

Claitor Comments on 2012 Abilene Sheriff Story

Mar 4th, 2012

The Abilene Reporter ran a piece at the end of February providing a forum for Sheriff Les Bruce (above left) in which he describes the superiority of the Abliene jailers over Houston jailers and says they committ very few “errors.” TJP’s Director– and many citizens in Abllene–beg to differ. Read Claitor’s comment she posted at the newspaper.

Guzman Dies in Bexar County Jail and Mother Asks Why

Oct 7th, 2011

On January 4, Ricardo Guzman got a haircut. The 43-year-old San Antonio resident wanted to look good when he turned himself in at court the next day for outstanding drug-possession charges. Guzman had no way of knowing that trusting himself to Bexar County could play a part in his death three days later.

Walker County Jail In Bad Shape

Jun 15th, 2011

“If the jail loses it’s certification, it has to be shut down. Sheriff McRae says they can’t expand the jail because they would lose their certification. The Texas Commission on Jails, the state’s governing board on Jails, has grandfathered the Walker County Jail. This allows them to operate even while having the problems they do.”

What is the difference between state jail and county jail in Texas?

Dec 21st, 2010

This sounds like a good answer to that question, from a former correctional officer named Bill G on a blog called INYO County Sheriff Talks. December 20, 2010 at 4:24 pm A state jail facility is run by, or under contract to, the Texas Dept of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). A state jail facility is really

Radio Interview: Diana Claitor on the work of the Texas Jail Project

Oct 21st, 2010

The Rag Radio Show….community radio, interesting topics and people you might not hear otherwise! Host and producer: Thorne Dreyer. Engineer: Tracey Schulz. To listen, click here

What’s Going on in the Lubbock County Jail?

Oct 9th, 2010

Lubbock area folks should be aware they can file a report with the Texas Commission on Jail Standards in the interest of public safety and the wellbeing of people incarcerated there. And please email info@texasjailproject.org with questions and comments. Thanks!

Do We Now Have Separate Jails for the Rich?

Sep 24th, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010 9:43 AM by Matt Clarke, Prison Legal News There are two criminal justice systems in the United States. One is for people with wealth, fame or influence who can afford to hire top-notch attorneys and public relations firms, who make campaign contributions to sheriffs, legislators and other elected officials, and who

Hockley Jail Fails Inspection In Many Ways

Aug 3rd, 2010

The Hockley County Jail did not meet state jail standards, according to an annual inspection report conducted last month.The Texas Commission on Jail Standards inspected the jail July 13 and 14 and found six areas of non-compliance.