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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. . .

Denton County Didn’t Provide His Brother’s Meds

Oct 24th, 2011

Diana at Texas Jail Project was an awesome GREAT HELPER WHO WAS ABLE TO GET my brother his medication at the Denton county jail. They were not giving it to him until Diana successfully complained.  I don’t know how she did it but she kept in touch with me and updated on everything that was

Our Website Helps Diane Figure Out Dallas Jail

Sep 20th, 2011

I started looking online at the Office Website of Dallas County, Texas to find out about an inmate incarcerated at Lew Sterrett.  The official website for Dallas County continuously kept showing the statement “The page you are looking for is no longer available.  Please search below,” with a Search Box and Search Button to click on. 

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)

Houston Radio Interview: Inmates Die in County Jails

Nov 17th, 2010

By John Labus, 740 KTRH, Wednesday, November 17, 2010      A recent analysis suggests the number of illness-related deaths in county jails in Texas is close to the number of deaths in state prisons. Brandon Wood, an assistant director with the Texas Commission on Jail Standards says jail populations are more transient, bringing more

No Accountability: GEO Does What It Wants

Nov 1st, 2010

Here is a letter from someone who knows what it’s like to deal witha GEO run jail. Her complaints sound much like others having to do with private prison companies and the lack of accountability. The sheriff here In Karnes County sends most of his prisoners to Frio Co. Detention Center because we don’t have

Bail Bondsmen Keep Lubbock County Jail — And Other Jails — Stuffed Full

Apr 19th, 2010

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122725771&sc=emaf January 21, 2010 By Laura Sullivan (THIS GREAT STORY AIRED ON NPR RADIO) Leslie Chew spent his childhood working long days next to his father on the oil rigs of southern Texas. No school meant he never learned to read or write. Now in his early 40s, he’s a handyman, often finding a place

Harris County Doesn’t Care if You Die In There

Feb 3rd, 2010

http://www.houstonpress.com/2009-11-19/news/jail-misery/ By Randall Patterson Published on November 17, 2009 at 1:53pm Monte Killian says he asked for his medication again and again for days to no avail. On the last day of July, months after quitting his job as a cook on an offshore oil rig, Monte Killian was tooling around the Fourth Ward in

Shocking Report on Harris County Jail Inmate Care

Oct 9th, 2009

Read almost any part of this report and then please tell me how Harris County allowed things to get this bad. They have 9,400 people in this place and scores are dying from maltreatment and neglect, not to mention the chokeholds and hogtying. And if you want to see a first person account, read Sarah’s

Diane Wilson Goes to Bat in Calhoun County

Aug 26th, 2008

We think Angela deserves a round of applause! She refused to give up even when she was ignored. Angela’s brother had a terminal condition and desperately needed his medication, but wasn’t receiving it in their jail. Angela sent them a 1500 word complaint, and sent the same complaint to the biggest paper in her area, the Victoria Advocate, and they published it. Then she found us, emailed us and Diane Wilson drove over and had a conversation with the sheriff. Then, finally, the jail staff paid attention.