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Harris County Sheriff and Houston Police Chief Speak Out!

Sep 20th, 2011

In recent years, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Houston Police Department have improved the way their officers deal with situations involving individuals with mental illness. We have refined and increased training on mental health issues. We have reformed our policies to ensure that we are better prepared to properly handle these encounters.
For its role in the implementation of the Chronic Consumer Stabilization Initiative, designed to help the chronic mentally ill . . . .



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)



Deadly Doctor at Wichita Falls Jail

Jun 29th, 2011

Via Time Record News By Kenneth Fibbe, 6/25/11 The widow of a man who died in the Wichita County Jail called the jail’s treatment of her husband “cruel and unusual” and is suing Wichita County, Wichita County Sheriff David Duke and jail-contracted physician Dr. Daniel Bolin for not giving her husband the medical attention she



Schizophrenic Man Was Jailed for a Year

Feb 6th, 2011

A severely schizophrenic man held in the Dallas County Jail for nearly a year was released Tuesday to a mental institution.
Nicholas Sauve was arrested for shoving his mother last June. He was sentenced in September to 45 days in jail for a mental evaluation and five years of probation. Time and again, he was slated for release, but he never got beyond his cell in the jail’s north tower.



Lubbock County Starts Defender’s Office for Mentally Ill People

Nov 28th, 2010

Rose was psychotic — thrashing on a gurney when she accidentally kicked an emergency services technician. Just like that, assault on a public servant — a felony. Rose suffers from bipolar disorder and has had 16 psychiatric hospitalizations since 1982, six of which were emergency detentions where police officers in other cities had taken her directly to a psychiatric facility instead of arresting her.



Captain says: He Should Not be in Jail

Nov 28th, 2010

http://lubbockonline.com/local-news/2010-09-26/mentally-ill-languish-justice-system By LOGAN G. CARVER, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, September 26, 2010 – 6:01am (THE INMATE IN THIS STORY WILL BE REFERRED TO ONLY AS ROBERT.) Robert presses his face against the feces-smeared window in his jail cell as he alternates between song and inscrutable vocalization. Bits of fecal matter cling to his dirty hair, yet he



Radio Interview: Diana Claitor on the work of the Texas Jail Project

Oct 21st, 2010

The Rag Radio Show….community radio, interesting topics and people you might not hear otherwise! Host and producer: Thorne Dreyer. Engineer: Tracey Schulz. To listen, click here



Nightmare on Baker Street—Julia’s Year in the Harris County Jail

Mar 11th, 2010

Jail is not meant to be a holiday, but one might expect to at least be treated as a human being. What I witnessed, during my time in the suicide watch section and in general population, was a nightmare, not just in terms of myself, but more in how I saw others treated. My first



Jailers Must Report on Pregnant Inmates

Jan 21st, 2010

Monday, September 28, 2009, Waco Tribune New state regulations that went into effect this month regarding the treatment of inmates who are pregnant or have mental health issues mostly boil down to paperwork that local corrections officials say they already do. “Most of it is just an extra (box on a form) or item to keep



Mental Illness Prevalent Among County Jail Prisoners, Especially Women

Jan 10th, 2010

by Gary Hunter (Prison Legal News) A random sampling of 2,000 prisoners in five county jails found that, on average, nearly 15 percent of male prisoners and 31 percent of female prisoners suffer from serious mental illness. The study was headed by Dr. Henry Steadman, Ph.D and Dr. Steven Samuels, Ph.D of Policy Research Associates