TJP’s New National Partner & 2015 Lege News

Feb 24th, 2015 | By | Category: TJP Newsletter

 

The 2015 Texas Legislative Session is underway. Keep reading to find out about
the bills that we are supporting.

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Texas Jail Project partners with
Nation Inside to tell your Jailhouse Stori
es!

Texas Jail Project

Texas Jail Project kicked off our Jailhouse Stories campaign in 2014, and for the past year we’ve been collecting stories about what happens when people are held in county jails awaiting trial. Now we are excited to announce the launch of a new partnership with Nation Inside.

Nation Inside is a website that connects and supports people all over the United States who are working to challenge mass incarceration. Jailhouse Stories: Effects of Pretrial Detention is our campaign on the Nation Inside website, where anyone who has been impacted by pretrial detention can upload their own video, audio, or written stories, listen to others’ experiences, and learn about how to get involved in the movement to change pretrial practices. Please visit our new endeavor and contribute your story here: Nation Inside Jailhouse Stories.

Thanks to those who have supported us as we get Jailhouse Stories off the ground. We’re looking forward to taking all we’ve learned and expanding in new and promising ways as we work to educate officials, decision makers, and community leaders on how pretrial detention is affecting so many lives all across the Lone Star State.

New Bills to Protect Pregnant Inmates & Their Babies
Each month, 247 Texas county jails report the total number of inmates they hold, including a separate tally of women who are pregnant. On any given day, about 500 of the women in jails across the state are expecting.
Are these women getting the medical care and nutrition they need to have a healthy baby? During labor and childbirth, will a guard shackle them to the bed? How many babies are stillborn? Currently, the answer is “we don’t know.” Clearly, more information is needed.

What we DO know is that often these situations cost the counties resources when babies are born with low birth weight or with medical conditions or dangerous injuries that could have been prevented. There is also longtime effects on traumatized mothers, mostly low level offenders, who often experience poor medical care and degrading treatment. Two very simple bills this legislative session will help gather information and raise awareness of the needs of this special population. Please ask your faith communities and local leaders to support HB 1140 and 1141. Email us at texasjailproject@gmail.com for more details and read the Austin Chronicle story on these bills.

 

Contact Us:

Email is the fastest way to reach us: texasjailproject@gmail.com
So please let me have a number and a good time to call you!. You can also leave a message at: (512) 597-8746

Four women formed Texas Jail Project in 2006 to call attention to the neglect and lack of medical care in approximately 247 county local lockups that hold some 67,000 men and women on a daily basis.
TJP helps families report problems to the right people to get action; we collect inmates’ stories, and we communicate with the Texas Commission on Jail Standards and lawmakers about the needs of people incarcerated in county jails.
Texas Jail Project is now part of a national campaign to reform the use of unlimited pretrial detention–of people not yet convicted–and to generate interest in pretrial services and jail diversion in Texas, which lags behind other states in both those areas.

TJP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by public donations. Our official registered name  is Jail Project of Texas.

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From a concerned mother in northeast Texas who recently reached out to TJP:
“So many people are being taken advantage of and abused by the justice system in this area. It is state and nationwide I know, but for a small rural area like this, it is so much easier to do as they please… Thank you again for your help and for all you do. Just having someone to tell that understands is priceless in itself. You all are angels sent to help the helpless.”

 

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Our mailing address is:Texas Jail Project, 1712 E. Riverside Blvd.
Box 190, Austin, TX 78741

 

 

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