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Terry County Jail Breaks Rules

Jul 23rd, 2010

July 22, 2010 Lubbock Online BROWNFIELD – The Terry County Jail failed to pass state standards in a recent jail inspection. According to Texas Commission on Jail Standards documents, the jail was non-compliant with multiple minimum jail standards. In an unannounced annual inspection July 15-16, the comission found deficiencies in: emergency training, inspection by a

Jail Commission Reports on Complaints from 2009

Jun 2nd, 2010

By Melinda Hieber, Complaints Investigator, in the newsletter of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. (Be aware that the article is aimed at jail administrators and sheriffs, not the general public.) Fiscal year 2010 is coming to a close. However, I wanted to share with you our final numbers from FY 2009. I hope that

Jail Standards Report on Inmates’ Complaints

Jun 2nd, 2010

By: Melinda Hieber, Complaints Investigator, Texas Commission on Jail Standards Fiscal year 2010 is coming to a close. However, I wanted to share with you our final numbers from FY 2009. I hope that this will shed some light on the numbers and types of complaints that we deal with on a daily basis. Not

Black Marks Against Bexar County Jail

Feb 25th, 2010

For too many, abuse at the hands of authority begins early. For Jimmy Aldana III, now at Bexar County Jail awaiting trial on charges of burglary and possession of marijuana, it started at Victory Field Correctional Academy in Vernon, Texas, where he was incarcerated for three years.

Inmates’ Money Stolen in Montgomery County

Jan 18th, 2010

Why didn’t the Montgomery County media cover this story?

A routine audit turned up some $70,000 in missing money at the Montgomery County Jail, and now an employee is charged with the inside job.
A Montgomery County grand jury has indicted Phyllis Ann Traylor, 51 of Conroe on a felony count of Theft by a Public Servant.

Muñoz tells Howard County: Build a New Jail

Jan 11th, 2010

by Thomas Jenkins, Tuesday, 21 August 2007 As promised, Adan Munoz Jr., executive director of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, delivered a letter to Howard County commissioners this week outlining the consequences of another failed bond election to fund the construction of a new county jail. “It should be noted that if the voters

Bexar County Jail Falls Flat Again

Jan 10th, 2010

The Bexar County Jail failed its annual inspection for the sixth time in eight years — for reasons ranging from overcrowding to low water pressure and broken intercoms. The Texas Commission on Jail Standards, the state agency charged with overseeing detention centers, noted seven “areas of non-compliance” in its report, which was released Friday after a three-day inspection.

“Quite Refreshing”

Mar 12th, 2009

I gave an informal talk to a group of international dignitaries, women from various countries in Africa as well as Turkey, India, Singapore who are touring the U.S. under the auspices of the UN US Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The delegation’s topic in the US is “Women in the US Criminal Justice

Texas Jail Project Decries Inmate Abuse

Oct 15th, 2008

by Angela K. Brown, AP wire story At the Taylor County Jail in Abilene, some inmates say they’ve been strapped to chairs and left outside all day in the sun or rain. Others say guards sometimes sprayed pepper spray directly into their eyes. Another staffer allegedly asked a mentally ill inmate: “Why don’t you do

Lufkin Jail: Not Humane?

Mar 27th, 2007

To the editor of the Lufkin Daily News (printed March 27th, 2007) It’s easy to forget that people in jail are human beings in addition to being inmates. While you may not personally know anyone in the Angelina County Jail, those inmates are still neighbors and fellow citizens, fathers, brothers, mothers and sisters—and while in