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Comal County Jail: Reckless Disregard for Human Life

Dec 2nd, 2009

I was unfortunate enough to be held captive in the Comal County Jail (New Braunfels) for one year until August 2006 (Eleven months of that time served was an illegal detention). Their reckless disregard for human life and medical negligence caused the death of more than one inmate during my stay there, including a 68



Brownsville story about “Heaven and Hell in Cameron County Jail”

Nov 16th, 2009

“Heaven and Hell in Cameron County Jail” by TJP director Diana Claitor, is online. This feature story in the Texas Observer* explores events in Brownsville since chaplain Gail Hanson spoke out about dismal conditions in the women’s jail, the sheriff banned her from entering the jail, the community became involved and a federal lawsuit was



Shocking Report on Harris County Jail Inmate Care

Oct 9th, 2009

Read almost any part of this report and then please tell me how Harris County allowed things to get this bad. They have 9,400 people in this place and scores are dying from maltreatment and neglect, not to mention the chokeholds and hogtying. And if you want to see a first person account, read Sarah’s



Protesters Slam Taylor County Jail at Rally

Oct 16th, 2008

by Jerry Daniel Reed, ReporterNews.com Leaders of the Texas Jail Project on Tuesday delivered a harsh indictment of the Taylor County Jail, including a mock “Texas Hellhole Award.” The organization announced the designation at a news conference and rally at the war memorial north of the Taylor County Courthouse that attracted roughly two dozen people.



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



Abilene, Abilene, Meanest Jail I Ever Seen!

Oct 14th, 2008

The TEXAS HELLHOLE AWARD was presented, October 15: “In Sad Recognition of the TAYLOR COUNTY JAIL …..which fails to provide a safe and humane environment for the fathers, mothers, wives, husbands, sons and daughters of Abilene who are incarcerated there.” Awarded by Diane Wilson and Diana Claitor co-founders of the Texas Jail Project We had



Chaplain Exposes Problems at Taylor County Jail

May 7th, 2007

Since Mr. Voorhees wrote this letter about the Abilene jail, several young inmates have died in custody in this same jail just hours after being arrested, and he suspects ill treatment in those cases as well. Here he carefully documents the reports of brutal physical attacks, pepper spray and other illegal actions against inmates in