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Former Inmates File Class Action Lawsuit Against Abilene Jail

Aug 27th, 2012

By Celinda Emison, May 24, 2011, Abilene Reporter News A  class-action lawsuit targeting Taylor County Sheriff Les Bruce and other jail employees has been filed in federal court by several former inmates and the families of two inmates who died at the county jail. The suit alleges that inmates were routinely denied medical treatment and

Death of Edwinta Deckard Changes Nacogdoches Jail

Jul 11th, 2012

A Texas Ranger investigation actually finds a jail and its staff responsible for the death of a person in their custody, due to lack of medical care! This outcome is rare and Texas Jail Project is relieved to see it happen. Even more importantly, the Nacogdoches Commissioners Court took steps to prevent other deaths by creating a new position who will advise jailers on procedures and practices to follow when dealing with ill or injured inmates. We hope that people in Nacogdoches County will let us know if there is any improvement in the medical care in that jail.

Lawsuit Against Brazoria County Jailers

Mar 1st, 2012

I remember when Shelly wrote me about her husband, and how sick and sad I felt when I learned her husband Lisandro had died in that jail. She had also written the Commission on Jail Standards and they were no help either. Here is what she said back in 2010:

“I wrote you about my husband to you over a month ago, he died due to lack of medical care. . . his name was Lisandro Torres and we have a 16 yr old son. The jail maintained until his death he was faking after a massive stroke and was having problems breathing, chest pain, could’nt swallow and was tormented by several jailers and nurses. Nobody would listen and still wont but he sent me the proof three weeks before he died and over 100 letters [about what was happening.]”

2011 Report on Medical Care in Texas Prisons

Jan 11th, 2012

In our county jails, medical care is often worse or non-existent,  but they didn’t cover jails in this report! Prisoners’ Right to Medical Care in Texas Important point from the report, “Prisoners’ Right to Medical Care under the U.S. Constitution “ “The Supreme Court, in Estelle v. Gamble, established “the government’s obligation to provide medical care

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.

Adan Castaneda Comes Home from Iraq – To Jail

Dec 20th, 2011

Iraqi veteran Adan Castaneda sat in the Comal County Jail in an isolation or ad seg cell for more than six months without any treatment for his mental illness. There is no way to know how that affected his condition; however, he has been moved and is receiving treatment finally, after his family’s persistent efforts and with the assistance of generous attorneys. See the San Antonio Current story about him here. . .

Galveston Jail Sued for Horrible Injuries

Dec 1st, 2011

9/24/2011 4:28 PM By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau GALVESTON – A paralyzed inmate with Texas Department of Criminal Justice alleges his rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act have been violated since he was first incarcerated. In a $2 million lawsuit filed Sept. 16 in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas, Donald Ray

Death in the Orange County Jail Infirmary: Why?

Nov 20th, 2011

A death in the Orange County jail infirmary reveals possible medical neglect. Texas Jail Project wishes the inmates who witnessed this man’s death would contact us (EMAIL help@texasjailproject.org or CALL 512 597 8746)
The way an Orangefield man died in the Orange County jail last week, isn’t sitting well with a Beaumont man tonight.

Medical Neglect of Pregnant Inmates Common in U.S. Jails

Nov 10th, 2011

This article points to shocking negligence of incarcerated women who find themselves pregnant – and not just in Texas. Rachel Roth precisely describes the many ways jail staff fail to recognize and deal with women’s special needs, especially when they ignore signs of labor which leads “to women giving birth locked in their cells without any assistance.” See the remarkably forthright Texan Lisa Mijares, who stepped up at a prayer vigil in Abilene to describe what she endured giving birth in her cell after begging for help: http://www.texasjailproject.org/2010/10/lisa-gave-birth-alone-in-taylor-county-cell/

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 help@texasjailproject.org . . . . .