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Non-Compliant Jails

View Non-Compliant Jail Reports

Texas Jail Project archives non-compliant jail and inspection reports from the Texas Commission on Jail Standards for public access and transparency.

Non-compliant reports are published on the TCJS website but only for a short time. TCJS removes them as soon as a jail “passes reinspection” or “resolves the deficiency.” The public loses access without a potentially expensive FOIA request.

Retaining public access to these reports when a state agency removes them allows community members to track patterns of neglect while exposing the false promise of state oversight and reform. View the archive of non-compliant reports.

Legislative Materials

87th Session, 2021
HB 3447: County Jail Medical Neglect and Abuse Prevention Legislation

Supported

SB 6: Damon Allen Act and related versions related to bail

Opposed

SB 6 is Bad for Veterans: Robert’s Story SB 6 is Bad for Families: Glenn’s Story SB 6 Targets People with Disabilities: Michele’s Story SB 6 is Bad for Veterans: Goldie’s Testimony SB 6 Written Testimony

Reports

Preventable Tragedies

How to Reduce Mental Health-Related Deaths in Texas Jails

November 2016

Published by the University of Texas School of Law Civil Rights Clinic, Preventable Tragedies profiles several Texas Jail Project cases and features an interview with then-TJP director Diana Claitor. Policy recommendations from Preventable Tragedies informed legislative changes in the 2017 Texas State Legislature, including the Sandra Bland Act.

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