“We spend a tremendous amount of money on our jails, and it’s not because we are keeping violent criminals in jail, it’s because for years we have been inefficient in the way we process these individuals,” says El Paso county commissioner Vince Perez. Nearly 3/4 of the 1600 inmates in the El Paso County jail are awaiting their first appearance in court, which can take up to 45 days! Imagine how much money that wastes while wrecking families and the livelihoods of those being held pretrial. Perez says that El Paso wants to change that. In this excellent story in the El Paso Times, it becomes obvious that the bail bondsmen are the only ones who find this new plan controversial.
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July, 2016: “I found your website today, searching on behalf of a loved one who is incarcerated on a nonviolent drug offense and who has been in “administrative segregation” for going on 5 weeks now “for his protection” (he has been in isolation the entire time he’s been incarcerated, has untreated mental health issues, and has caused zero problems to the jail). I wanted to let you know that I am profoundly grateful for the work that your organization does on behalf of one of our most vulnerable and neglected populations.
Texas Jail Project would like to know what has happened since the medical examiner said the death of Sgt. James Brown last September was due to “natural causes.” There are so many unanswered questions! We would like to hear from Sgt. Brown’s family, and hope they will email us at email@example.com.
Sgt. James Brown died after being forceably injected in his El Paso jail cell. The tragic death of this 26-year old man deserves a much more in depth investigation and more testing, and questions need to be asked, like. . . . who made the decision to inject Sgt. Brown with a sedative?
Sgt. James Brown, 26, of Fort Bliss, voluntarily checked into the El Paso County jail on July 13 to serve a three day sentence for a DUI and died while in jail custody July 14 after being given an injection apparently intended to sedate him. His family said Brown was not a combative individual.
His mother, Dinetta Scott, was quoted in the Imperial Valley Press this week, saying, ““I just believe they killed my son,” said Scott. “I don’t know how, I don’t know why, but they killed my son.”
The Texas Jail Project awaits results of the investigation into this tragic death.
The Gomez family joined demonstrators at Occupy E Paso because they said that their father, a a U.S. citizen, is not receiving necessary treatment for his kidney condition and has lost some 100 pounds while in the Otero County Jail. According to he U.S. Marshals, Samuel Gomez is getting all the care he needs. Texas Jail Project asks the Gomez family to email firstname.lastname@example.org . . . . .
Four out of ten inmates in the El Paso County jails have some sort of a mental health issue, according to the county. Jesus Guiroga handles all of the intake and crisis services at El Paso Mental Health And Mental Retardation. He’s seen the mental health problem in the jails on a daily basis, but he said much of it can be prevented.