We are answering more critical calls and we need your help ….please!

Dec 28th, 2017 | By | Category: Lead Article

Our months of advocacy resulted in a Texas family’s loved one being moved to a psychiatric hospital after 7 months in an isolation cell. Her sister (left) met with TJP’s director in person for the first time this month. Wendolyn Lacy says,

“I am speechless—WE ARE SO GRATEFUL. We understand we can say thanks all day, but donations are what you guys need to keep y’all going and help folks like my sister.”


$20, $200 or $2,000 needed! Click here to donate. Your tax-deductible donation is needed now because we are helping more people and receiving fewer donations.

Donate in the name of a loved one or a person who values justice for all. We will place his/her name in the new “Texas Jail Project Honor Roll” on our front page.

Since November 1st, we’ve been helping

  • a mother in a wheelchair in Fort Bend County, whose caregiver, a 19 year old son with mental disabilities, is being held in an isolation cell in their county jail
  • a young man in Williamson County Jail, found incompetent to stand trial, not receiving psychiatric care, deteriorating; his family now told state hospitals are full and he could be held jailed for months
  • a pregnant woman in Walker County Jail who is losing weight and neglected despite pain.

Success Stories of 2017

  • TJP recently enlisted the aide of national group Moms Rising to gain the release of Kandace, a young at-risk pregnant woman, from the Beaumont jail
  • Our board president helped a family seeking release of a 19-year-old arrested during a mental crisis in Montgomery County. After weeks of advocacy, John was released and charges dropped
  • TJP’s director is now speaking to lawmakers about legislation requiring jails to obtain medical records of pregnant women because many jails are not getting the records containing essential information about each woman’s history
  • We are working with legislators to see that incarcerated veterans don’t lose their benefits, based on TJP’s collaboration with a veteran’s family in Collin County.

We added four great board members in 2017: Houstonian anti-human trafficking activist, Allie Franklin; Austin documentarian and media consultant, Matt Gossage; Marietta Bell Noel, 40 years experience in health and human services, volunteer citizen groups, and diversity work; Alycia Welch, Austin-based specialist in criminal justice reform and Director of Policy & Planning at Lone Star Justice Association.

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