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Abilene People Fight the System and Win!

Mar 12th, 2013

“I would just like to tell everyone out there that there is hope and we can change things if we stand up and never give up, no matter if it takes awhile and with alot of determination, it can be done. I have fought corruption in Taylor County and we did get JUSTICE, not only for my son but others that were in the Taylor County Jail. It was a long and hard fight, but with the determination that I had and the help of someone who is a hero to me, Lance Voorhees, we saw justice.And thanks to Texas Jail Project! They came to Abilene when I contacted Diana. She and a group if TJP members drove up here and talked to citizens of Taylor County.”



New Director of Jail Commission: Brandon Wood

Dec 6th, 2012

In late 2012, Brandon Wood became executive director of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) after former director Adan Muñoz retired.



Why Did George Koomson Die in Dallas County Jail?

May 3rd, 2012

Another man is dead after being “restrained” in the Dallas county jail. While Dallas has worked hard to pass inspections by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, questions remain: is there something fundamentally wrong with the culture or the command? Are too many guards required to work overtime in a high stress environment? Whatever problems exist, Sheriff Valdez must find out and prevent further deaths. We don’t want to keep reading line’s like this one: “At issue is the question of whether restraint by the jail officers caused or contributed to the Nov. 10, 2011 death of George Barnes Koomson.”
Our sympathies to the family of George Koomson.



Dallas Jail Passes Inspection Again

Mar 30th, 2012

Texas Jail Project has been monitoring the number of complaints and calls for help from inmates inside Dallas County Jail, and the numbers are down. This week, one mother in California who was worried about her son reported that she was relieved to hear her son had received treatment for the flu that many inmates have right now. This is good news, but we still look for more improvement, since the #1 search term used most often on the Texas Jail Project website is Lew Sterritt, the name of the Dallas county jail – and that’s because a lot of people are looking for information and help in dealing with this jail.



Brownsville Jail Hides Overcrowding Problem

Nov 19th, 2011

In a September 29, 2011, story, the Brownsville Herald exposes the rampant overcrowding at the jail that has evidently gone on for many years. Then Chief Jail Administrator Mike Leinart spoke the truth, when he responded to a question about inmate population numbers.

“We haven’t been in compliance in six years,” said Leinart.

“Don’t say that out loud,” Pct. 4 Commissioner Dan Sanchez said.



Letter from Lawmakers Asks for Crack Down on Houston Jail

Nov 4th, 2011

Houston Sheriff Garcia and other Harris County officials showed up at the quarterly meeting of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards in early November to ask for more than 700 variance beds– beds that allow them to keep more inmates because of special needs and circumstances. Problem is, this situation has been going on for years. Tina Tran, chief of staff for Senator Rodney Ellis, read a letter from the Senator and Representative Garnet Coleman. Read that letter and another from the renowned criminal justice expert Michele Deitch explore the issue of the state granting variances to the Harris County Jail. More importantly, both letters demanded that the Jail Commission stop the practice now. But on Thursday, TCJS commissioners voted to once more grant those beds to Harris County for another 6 months. Read the letters below.



Tom Green County Jail Passes Inspection

Oct 23rd, 2011

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Tom Green County Sheriff Joe Hunt and members of the county jail shared with Tom Green County commissioners Tuesday the kudos they received after passing an unannounced jail inspection last week. The inspector with the Texas Commission on Jail Standards went to the jail March 22 through March 24. Hunt said he prefers



Dallas Jail Still Shackling Women in Labor?

Oct 10th, 2011

Some Texas jails, including in Dallas County, are still shackling pregnant inmates during labor and delivery, a violation of a state law that passed last year, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas and an inmate advocacy group charged Thursday.



Hays County Squalor

Oct 3rd, 2011

Days after Sheriff Gary Cutler took office last November, his chief deputy said he found the jail in a “state of squalor” so bad that inmates in one cell block had taken to wearing bandanas over their mouths to ward off an infestation of tiny flies. Vines overgrew fences and outdoor lights didn’t work. Maggots



Hockley Jail Fails Inspection In Many Ways

Aug 3rd, 2010

The Hockley County Jail did not meet state jail standards, according to an annual inspection report conducted last month.The Texas Commission on Jail Standards inspected the jail July 13 and 14 and found six areas of non-compliance.