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2011 Report on Medical Care in Texas Prisons

Jan 11th, 2012

In our county jails, medical care is often worse or non-existent,  but they didn’t cover jails in this report! Prisoners’ Right to Medical Care in Texas Important point from the report, “Prisoners’ Right to Medical Care under the U.S. Constitution “ “The Supreme Court, in Estelle v. Gamble, established “the government’s obligation to provide medical care

Banning Books: The Censorship Scandal Inside America’s Jails

Nov 20th, 2011

by Andrew Losowsky: Andrew.Losowsky@huffingtonpost.com First Posted: 10/3/11 09:24 AM ET Updated: 10/3/11 03:01 PM ET   When Mark Melvin asked his friend to order him a Pulitzer Prize-winning history book, he didn’t expect to have to file a lawsuit in order to read it. But Melvin is currently in jail, and the book in question, “Slavery By Another

Harris County Sheriff and Houston Police Chief Speak Out!

Sep 20th, 2011

In recent years, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Houston Police Department have improved the way their officers deal with situations involving individuals with mental illness. We have refined and increased training on mental health issues. We have reformed our policies to ensure that we are better prepared to properly handle these encounters.
For its role in the implementation of the Chronic Consumer Stabilization Initiative, designed to help the chronic mentally ill . . . .

“Costly Confinement” Report Looks at County Jails

Nov 3rd, 2010

Texas Criminal Justice Coalition has an important new report on county jails in our state!
Costly Confinement & Sensible Solutions: Jail Overcrowding in Texas

Here is their description of it:

Speaking Out About Potter County Jail

Jul 17th, 2010

Captain Haney, I was in your facility for several weeks this year – 2010, not because I have a long history of crime but because I chose to serve my time and get it behind me. I am a college educated professional myself but even though I chose to take the shortest and more uncomfortable