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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



Double Standard in Hockley Jail

Apr 5th, 2009

A sister of a man in the Hockley County Jail wrote to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards complaining about mistreatment of her brother. At the end of her statement, she made a good point about the staff that applies to many other correctional officers: “They want the inmates to go by rules but I think they should go by their own rules also.”



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



Federal Probe of Harris County Jail

Mar 12th, 2008

Houston Chronicle Staff, Houston Chronicle For more than two years, news stories by Chronicle reporters have raised troubling questions concerning the mortality rate among prisoners held at the Harris County Jail. At least 138 deaths occurred between 2001 and the end of 2007. In January, three more county jail inmates died. Now that the Department