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More Voices=More Justice

Apr 30th, 2021

More voices at the capitol means more justice in our communities! Working toward that goal, Texas Jail Project is facilitating testimony by people impacted by the criminal justice system, women, those living with disabilities, veterans, and people of color. We hope you’ll read some of the stories below about people who brought their stories to the capitol and endured hours of waiting to be able to speak out—to put on the record the real-life impact of the criminal punishment system on their lives.
Pictured is Glenn Hayes, a 20-year-old who traveled from Baton Rouge to speak to a Senate committee about being trapped in the Smith County Jail for 116 days without ever being indicted. TJP advocate Dalila Reynoso facilitated his release and journey home with funds from TJP’s community bail fund.



If your loved one was found incompetent to stand trial …

Oct 27th, 2016

There is a legal filing to make sure a person found incompetent is hospitalized or removed from the jail. If your loved one has been found incompetent to stand trial due to mental disability but has continued to be held in jail without treatment, the person’s lawyer can file a Writ of Habeas Corpus with the court that requires the county to provide him/her with appropriate medical care—in other words, send them to a hospital. Once the court grants the Writ, the Sheriff must comply. Go to next page for the Writ, which you can download.