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Neglect of people in jail can kill

May 14th, 2014

The numbers of people dying in county jails are adding up in 2014. On October 6th, 37-year-old Iretha Lilly died hours after being tased by a McLennan County deputy; because of many reports to us of jailers failing to respond to a person in a medical crisis, we are asking how long was Ms. Lilly in heart failure before she was taken to the ER? And the Brazoria County Jail failed to protect 18-year-old Victoria Gray despite knowing of her prior hospitalization and suicide attempt. Both of these women were pretrial—not yet convicted.



Uvalde Suicide Inspires Stories/Tributes

Nov 14th, 2012
Patulla Williams

Chelsi Moy published a wonderful story in the Missoulian about a beautiful woman who killed herself in the Uvalde jail. Read all of it here.

Patulla Williams had been dead for several hours before anyone thought to check on her. The 29-year-old was found d dead in a Texas jail cell, a television cord wrapped around her neck. Her death in December placed a tragic period at the end of a life plagued by trouble, a life that began in a foster home in western Montana.

Williams had struggled for decades with abuse from her early life, but she disguised it well, the hurt hidden behind a smile radiant enough to stop strangers in their tracks wherever she went. And Williams went a lot of places.



Sister Describes “A System Designed for Confusion”

Nov 11th, 2012

Imagine your loved one, out of his or her mind with a terrible mental problem–incarcerated in a local jail. On the next page, a Texas Tribune story tells of a tragic end for such a person. (“Llano County Jail Death”) Now we have received a personal note that describes just how difficult it is to deal with the system when trying to help a mentally ill person inside a jail:
“My brother had been incarcerated for months in an East Texas county jail and due to mental illness needed transfer to a mental health facility…We had called several different advocacy organizations with no success and I was just so thrilled and relieved when I spoke to Diana. She was the first to take an interest and start looking into my brother’s case.”



Suicide: Family Blames Nueces County Jail

Sep 10th, 2012

“The defendants completely ignored the serious medical and mental health needs of Mr. Salazar during his detention at the Nueces County Jail,” the lawsuit reads.
This statement probably applies to many suicides, according to information and reports gathered by Texas Jail Project.



Second Conroe Suicide in Two Months

Jun 29th, 2012

How many people have to kill themselves before the MOCO jail administrators make some changes? Both these men used bed sheets to kill themselves. Neither were convicted and Noboa had been held for a year and was in a single cell, in isolation. In many parts of the U.S. and the world, prolonged solitary confinement is considered torture. And Texas Jail Project has been receiving more and more complaints about this jail’s treatment of inmates over the past few months. We need a real investigation of this jail. As well as an investigation of pre-trial detention that lasts a year!



Bexar County Jailers Problems Glaring

Nov 4th, 2011

As usual Grits For Breakfast knows how provide the context for a story about a jail that seems to have some real problems staffing . . . http://gritsforbreakfast.blogspot.com/2011/09/bexar-jail-personnel-problems-glaring.html Lots of problems cropping up at the Bexar County Jail recently related to personnel issues: Last week, “A Bexar County detention officer was arrested when he was caught



Inmates Dying Faster in County Jails

Oct 8th, 2011

In this article by Alex Horvath, we see that more and moref people are DYING in county jails – and not just in Texas. But because Texas has so many county jails with so many inmates, the numbers here are depressingly high. While some would have died anyway, many die directly as a result of poor care and neglect. Texans can change this by asking more questions and paying attention to the way their county is running their jail. Churches and civic groups and even indicviduals can promote programs and activities to change the jails from isolated incubators of illness and more crime.



Man in Jail Dies: Officers Try to Hide Evidence

Jul 28th, 2011

The investigation of an inmate at Webb County Jail leads to the arrests of two correctional officers. Esteban Paez, Sr. and Enrique Villarreal turned themselves in to authorities following a custodial death investigation earlier this month. A joint investigation with the Webb County Sheriff’s office and Texas Rangers revealed the two didn’t follow procedures. Inmate Charlie



How did this Gillespie County Jail Inmate Commit Suicide?

May 14th, 2011

By Zeke MacCormack, Updated 12:01 a.m., Saturday, May 14, 2011, MySanAntonio The Texas Rangers are investigating a Gillespie County Jail inmate’s death that’s being described as an apparent suicide. “It’s very unfortunate,” Gillespie County Sheriff Buddy Mills said Thursday of the death of Damion Schroeder, 37, formerly of San Antonio, Austin and Fair Oaks Ranch. Schroeder



A Death Row for San Antonio

Jun 15th, 2010

Recent findings by two separate review panels revealed that the Bexar County jail staff was not following state rules on inmate medical screenings, signaling troubling problems that must be addressed quickly.
Obtaining accurate medical information when a prisoner is jailed is vital to the efficient and safe operation of a detention facility.