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End Overpriced Inmate Phone Calls!

Jan 11th, 2013

Hurry, put in your comment about inflated charges for inmates phone services before the March 25th deadline at the FCC site for public input! (Go to the end of this post and click on CONTINUE READING to get the link to the FCC)
After years of people calling, writing and petitioning, the FCC is taking action to stop the practice of prisons and jails using inmate calling services that charge hugely inflated prices to inmate families! Phones in a prison are “a crucial instrument for the incarcerated, and those who care about them, because voice calling is often the only communications option available,” said one commissioner.
Texas Jail Project is proud to be part of the campaign organized by Prison Legal News, which helped forge the Campaign for Prison Phone Justice and the Wright Petition. Sign the petition now by clicking on CONTINUE READING and then click on the link in the first line.

Pretrial Holding Hell in Bexar

Aug 1st, 2012

This is from a great site in San Antonio called Bexar County Jail: an UNOFFICIAL information website: http://www.thebexarcountyjail.com Their mission is much like ours in terms of helping families. Their site states: “If anyone has ever tried to find out information from the Bexar County Jail you will understand why a site like this is

Abilene Mom Thanks TJP

Dec 31st, 2011

I would like to thank Diane and Diana and the Texas Jail Project for coming to Abilene and showing the medical neglect and mistreatment of inmates in the Taylor County Jail. She listened to our stories when everyone else had a dead ear.

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

Brownsville Jail Hides Overcrowding Problem

Nov 19th, 2011

In a September 29, 2011, story, the Brownsville Herald exposes the rampant overcrowding at the jail that has evidently gone on for many years. Then Chief Jail Administrator Mike Leinart spoke the truth, when he responded to a question about inmate population numbers.

“We haven’t been in compliance in six years,” said Leinart.

“Don’t say that out loud,” Pct. 4 Commissioner Dan Sanchez said.

El Paso Man Prepares for Death in Jail, Says Family

Nov 3rd, 2011

The Gomez family joined demonstrators at Occupy E Paso because they said that their father, a a U.S. citizen, is not receiving necessary treatment for his kidney condition and has lost some 100 pounds while in the Otero County Jail. According to he U.S. Marshals, Samuel Gomez is getting all the care he needs. Texas Jail Project asks the Gomez family to email diana@texasjailproject.org . . . . .

U.S. Jails Forced to Hold Mentally Ill People

Sep 8th, 2011

Over 350,000 mentally ill Americans are reportedly held in US prisons, underlining the fact that more individuals in the country supposedly receive mental care inside prisons than in medical or psychiatric institutions. (This is also true of local jails, like the jails in Houston, Dallas and all 245 county jails in Texas! D. Claitor)

Diane Wilson speaks on jails, civil disobedience and her life

Dec 1st, 2010

Listen to Diane at her most thoughtful and passionate, in early November, when she spoke to a diverse group of Austinites and out of towners. We thank Allan Campbell of KOOP radio for recording and posting this: http://www.archive.org/details/PeopleUnited-November122010

Radio Interview: Diana Claitor on the work of the Texas Jail Project

Oct 21st, 2010

The Rag Radio Show….community radio, interesting topics and people you might not hear otherwise! Host and producer: Thorne Dreyer. Engineer: Tracey Schulz. To listen, click here

Nueces Jail Fails Due to Bad Conditions

Jan 17th, 2010

http://www.caller.com/news/2006/jul/01/marshals-state-jail-fails/ The Nueces County Jail failed a surprise state inspection two weeks after U.S. marshals pulled federal prisoners from the jail, the U.S. Marshals Service said Friday. State inspectors gave Sheriff Rebecca Stutts a timeframe to fix problems and said they understood why federal prisoners were removed, according to marshals. State inspectors finished the two-day