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We Answered the Calls for Help

Mar 16th, 2021

We are forging alliances with county stakeholders and courts to promote diversion – at the same time that we’re forming innovative partnerships with grassroots volunteers to provide direct aid to people in county jails! Our East Texas advocate Dalila Reynoso (second from left)  facilitated the release of KM, BF and JB from the Smith County Jail to the RecovHery



Kevin Garrett at Texas Jail Project

Jan 29th, 2021

Having experienced homelessness and incarceration, Kevin Garrett put himself through college and law school, and in 2018, received a Hogg Foundation fellowship to work at our small nonprofit in Austin. His role as peer policy fellow changed his trajectory while helping transform Texas Jail Project into a more versatile and inclusive organization. Kevin described challenges for families dealing with substance abuse disorder from the perspective of



2020: Resilience, Action & Possibilities!

Jan 11th, 2021

In 2020 we rose to the challenge – taking on the colliding pandemics of COVID-19 and inhumane jailing, while undergoing our own internal transformation. We’re proud to have taken on big fights in our pursuit of depopulating county jails and demonstrating community based alternatives to incarceration. Texas county jails were the frontlines for this year’s crisis, foregrounding systemic inequities and corruption, from rural county jails with unreported outbreaks to metropolitan superspreader facilities. And we didn’t back down.



Fighting for Justice During the Pandemic

Dec 18th, 2020

Why did Smith County incarcerate Robert Paquin for most of 2020? Texas Jail Project uncovered a multitude of reasons that didn’t make sense, and we took action.  Robert Joshua Paquin turned 19 in the Smith County Jail this year. Despite his medical history, Robert would be on his way to prison now, if it wasn’t for



During This Crisis, We’re Creating Solutions!

Oct 15th, 2020

Did you know that thousands of poor people are getting an extremely low quality of defense – no visits, no investigation, no research, no plan, no hope–in the Houston courts? Click below to listen to people in Harris County Jail telling us about their experiences with their court appointed attorneys: https://twitter.com/TxJailProject/status/1314961594380685313?s=19 Join Texas Jail Project and a powerful



New leadership at TJP!

Jul 8th, 2020

Co-founder Krish Gundu transitioned into the role of executive director this month, and Dalila Reynoso has joined us as community advocate and organizer! Krish Gundu has been a part of Texas Jail Project since co-founding it with three other women in 2006, and as of July, 2020, she has moved into the position of executive



How is Texas Jail Project helping during the COVID-19 crisis?

Jun 23rd, 2020
Detainees wearing face masks

WE LISTEN AND CONNECT …
Families with resources and contacts: People in Dallas, Houston, Tyler, Victoria, San Antonio, Texarkana, and other towns are desperate for information about how county jails are protecting their loved ones from the virus. Remember, no visitors are allowed now since COVID-19! Also, no chaplains or educators or volunteers.



Texas Jail Project on KXAN News Facebook Live

May 22nd, 2020

STORIES, INSIGHTS, EXPERIENCES … Join Texas Jail Project’s Executive Director Diana Claitor at 3:30 CT today on Facebook Live with KXAN News for a discussion of our stories featured in their ‘Locked in Limbo’ series about persons with mental illness stuck in county jails. Diana will share insights from the hundreds of stories that Texas Jail



2019 Texas Jail Project Year-End Newsletter

Dec 31st, 2019

What do you say to a family begging for help for their child? Their 17 year old in Taylor County Jail was denied medical care for a staph infection and was in the midst of his third surgery before his family found out. How do you help families being stonewalled when they seek the medical



Southwest of Salem

Nov 19th, 2019

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four explores the nightmarish persecution of Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez — four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting two little girls in San Antonio, Texas. They were 19 and 20 years at the time of the allegations. The film begins