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Job Training for Harris County Jail Inmates

Dec 1st, 2011

Houston Community College is working with 205 inmates now, teaching trades and encouraging them to enroll in classes after they are released. We are glad to hear of any classes or training made available to county jail inmates – but we have to ask: are their classes geared to women inmates as well? Females in our jails usually receive fewer opportunities like this.



Parker County Jail Trustees Save the County Money

Oct 27th, 2011

by Judy Sheridan, October 26, 2011     CNHI PARKER COUNTY — Driving through Parker County, jail trustees are a common sight, clearly visible in their bright orange shirts and striped pants as they paint, flag traffic, clear brush or work at the animal shelter. Their efforts — mainly manual labor — amount to thousands of hours



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



Formerly Incarcerated Man Tries to Reach Back and Help…

Jan 18th, 2011

by Jorge Antonio Renaud “Why should we let you in?” I’m at a Sonic Drive-In, speaking with a woman charged with educational/recreational programming for the Del Valle Correctional Complex, a fancy name for a county jail in Austin, Texas. A guy who recently began venturing into the jail to teach creative writing has asked me



Family Values in Jail

Feb 3rd, 2010

by Brandi Grissom—January 28, 2010 http://www.texastribune.org/blogs/post/2010/jan/28/tribblog-family-values-jail/ Local elected officials and civil rights groups urged legislators at a committee hearing today to implement more programs for women and girls in Texas prisons and jails. A lack of gender-specific programs for incarcerated women leads to higher recidivism rates, said Diana Claitor, Texas Jail Project director. Women with



Alternative Incarceration Program: Cleaning Up the County

Jan 10th, 2010

An Alternative Incarceration Program that provides labor and other needed services by inmates and people on probation, is being described as a “win, win, win” by Kleberg County officials. The county implemented the program about three weeks ago.
“This is a “win, win, win” proposition for everyone – the county, the taxpayers and the inmates,” said Pct. 2 Kleberg County Commissioner Chuck Schultz. Three inmates were busy working on repairs on the Precinct 2 building last week.



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



Women in the Travis County Jail Have “PRIDE”

Apr 24th, 2009

When you turn off of Highway 71 onto Farm Road 973 it feels, for a moment, like you have finally reached the edge of Austin. The fields on your left open up into a dark green sea scattered with white and blue flowers that fade off into the hazy distance. On the right sits the Travis County Correctional Complex, an enormous, ominous-looking compound.