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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

Dallas County to Settle Two Jail Inmate Lawsuits

Jul 20th, 2009

By Kevin Krause, The Dallas Morning News Dallas County commissioners voted Tuesday to settle two federal jail neglect lawsuits for close to a half-million dollars. County officials say the lawsuits are the last major legal claims related to prior conditions in the jail system, which were described a few years ago by federal investigators as

TJP shows up in the New York Times

Jul 8th, 2007

By Carol Muske-Dukes, New York Times THEY called it “falling off the calendar.” It was the kind of phrase that I came to understand while teaching a creative writing workshop at the Women’s House of Detention on Rikers Island in the 1970s. I learned, for example, that a “pelican” lawyer — black suit, large scoop

Fed-up Feds: U.S. Justice Dept. Investigators find horrid conditions in Dalls County Jail

Jan 9th, 2007

By Matt Pulle, Dallas Observer In February 2005, Alice Lynch-Fullen visited her brother, Christopher Lynch, at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center after he was arrested on rape charges in Grand Prairie. A large, imposing man, Lynch had ligature marks around his neck, alerting his distraught sister that he had tried to hang himself. “Don’t let