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Widespread abuse of pregnant inmates

Aug 1st, 2015
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At Texas Jail Project, we’ve always been disheartened by jail staff and officials who automatically assume that all complaints coming from a pregnant woman—or from any prisoner for that matter—are lies. As the authors of this interesting series state: "This notion—that prisoners, and especially women prisoners, are liars—permeates the dozens of cases we reviewed where prisoners suffered miscarriages, still-births, and even deaths."

They take a clear-eyed look at this negative attitude that shapes so much of the treatment of women. The stories are moving, the research solid, and their reporting reveals previously unknown forms of abuse, such as the Chicago jail’s practice of forcing women who are close to term to have induced labor.

In the course of their five-month investigation, RH Reality Check authors spoke with TJP’s director several times, and we are pleased to see their references to Texas Jail Project’s efforts on behalf of Texas women.



Harris County Jail Report: Nutrition for Pregnant Inmates

Sep 30th, 2012

In the spring of 2012, 22-year-old graduate student Kristina Sadler began asking questions about the nutrition and diet received by pregnant inmates in the Harris County Jail. She came up with questions, interviewed staff there and reported on what the jail considers adequate nutrition for incarcerated women who are pregnant. Researcher/writer Krishnaveni Gundu presents an analysis of what Sadler found in the context of other reports and information about pregnancy while incarcerated. TJP hopes more graduate students will see this and be inspired to begin similar projects at other county jails around Texas.



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



Hays County Squalor

Oct 3rd, 2011

Days after Sheriff Gary Cutler took office last November, his chief deputy said he found the jail in a “state of squalor” so bad that inmates in one cell block had taken to wearing bandanas over their mouths to ward off an infestation of tiny flies. Vines overgrew fences and outdoor lights didn’t work. Maggots



Inmates Grow Food in the Jail Garden

Jul 24th, 2011

Via KXAN by Jim Swift, Friday, 17 Jun 2011, 6:46 PM CDT AUSTIN (KXAN) – Five days a week, a handful of Travis County Jail inmates rise at the crack of dawn and head out to a 3 1/2 acre garden in their own back yard. Racing to beat 100-plus temperatures, they don sunglasses and



Tim’s Journal: Life in Dallas County Jail

Jan 4th, 2010

Day 1: 11/29/09 Today I turned myself into Dallas County for probation violation. Here’s my plan: To write to this journal every day if possible. And the scary part? To be truthfully honest with myself and with the journal. Even now my mind is backtracking on the honest part; the repercussion, the feelings it will



Harris County Jail: Hell on Earth, 2009

Mar 10th, 2009

Sarah was sentenced to 180 days at the Harris County Jail on a misdemeanor from Family Court. There are two jails in Harris County: Big Baker and Little Baker. Sarah spent time in both and eventually served a total of three months. Big Baker is the housing for inmates who are considered High Risk. She



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



Lufkin Jail: Not Humane?

Mar 27th, 2007

To the editor of the Lufkin Daily News (printed March 27th, 2007) It’s easy to forget that people in jail are human beings in addition to being inmates. While you may not personally know anyone in the Angelina County Jail, those inmates are still neighbors and fellow citizens, fathers, brothers, mothers and sisters—and while in