30-year-old Micah Aaron Garner died in the Gregg County Jail just six months after 33-year-old Amy Lynn Cowling died in the jail. Both had told jail officials they were addicted to methadone and had other medical issues as well. Both died in the throes of untreated withdrawal. Here is a statement by his mother sent to us July 31st.
Families Speak Out
I would like to think Diane and Diana and the Texas Jail Project for coming to Abilene and stepping in on making the medical neglect and mistreatment of inmates in the Taylor County Jail. She listened to our stories when everyone else had a dead ear. She helped my son Westley Freeman when he was
I found the Texas Jail Project website and helped my mother write to make all the contacts that are suggested on the complaint page. I just wanted to thank you for your site. I feel sorry for the inmates that aren’t having their basic rights respected or acknowledged. Because they don’t have people who look
Gregg County, May 10, 2011 From the Family of Amy Lynn Cowling: We wanted to thank you and Texas Jail Project for all the help, support, information and peace of mind you have brought to our family. There is not enough words or praise to express how much we appreciate everything you have done and
From Al Miller, Montgomery County, November 2, 2010 Dear Friends of Texas Jail Project. I want to personally thank YOU for coming and contributing to the Texas Jail Project. I am unable to attend your benefit, but wish I would shake the hands of every one of you because I have seen firsthand how this
July 11, 2010 I would also like to think Diane and the volunteers from the Texas Jail Project for driving up here to Abilene and showing the medical neglect and mistreatment of inmates in the Taylor County Jail. She listened to our stories when everyone else had a dead ear. She helped my
I would like to thank the Texas Jail Project for their help and support with getting my nephew medical care while in the Lew Sterett Justice Center in Dallas. He was having some medical problems and I did not know where to turn. I had called repeatedly to get him medical attention and they would
We think Angela deserves a round of applause! She refused to give up even when she was ignored. Angela’s brother had a terminal condition and desperately needed his medication, but wasn’t receiving it in their jail. Angela sent them a 1500 word complaint, and sent the same complaint to the biggest paper in her area, the Victoria Advocate, and they published it. Then she found us, emailed us and Diane Wilson drove over and had a conversation with the sheriff. Then, finally, the jail staff paid attention.
Brownsville, February 3, 2008, from Educator/Jail Chaplain Gail Hanson: Dear Texas Jail Project: I am amazed, pleased and proud of the way the newspaper & citizens of Brownsville have taken to heart last week’s Texas Jail Project editorial. See below for today’s excellent *editorial calling for change in all U.S. jails…Also, I’ve received several emails
Letter to TJP from mother of inmate: “My son was barely out of high school and it was a non-violent offense. He was in a private jail in Spur Texas owned by the Geo Group out of Florida. This was my first experience with jails of any kind and I couldn’t believe some of the