Harris County

Shocking Report on Harris County Jail Inmate Care

Oct 9th, 2009 | By

Read almost any part of this report and then please tell me how Harris County allowed things to get this bad. They have 9,400 people in this place and scores are dying from maltreatment and neglect, not to mention the chokeholds and hogtying. And if you want to see a first person account, read Sarah’s

Harris County Jail: Hell on Earth, 2009

Mar 10th, 2009 | By

Sarah was sentenced to 180 days at the Harris County Jail on a misdemeanor from Family Court. There are two jails in Harris County: Big Baker and Little Baker. Sarah spent time in both and eventually served a total of three months. Big Baker is the housing for inmates who are considered High Risk. She

Harris County Jail Deaths Heat Up Race

Oct 3rd, 2008 | By

By Alan Bernstein, Houston Chronicle Harris County Sheriff Tommy Thomas and Democratic election challenger Adrian Garcia clashed Thursday over inmate deaths in the county jail, with the Republican incumbent saying many accused criminals arrive there with life-threatening illnesses. A few hours before that initial showdown between Thomas and Garcia, the candidates for district attorney continued

Federal Probe of Harris County Jail

Mar 12th, 2008 | By

Houston Chronicle Staff, Houston Chronicle For more than two years, news stories by Chronicle reporters have raised troubling questions concerning the mortality rate among prisoners held at the Harris County Jail. At least 138 deaths occurred between 2001 and the end of 2007. In January, three more county jail inmates died. Now that the Department

U.S. Surgeon General warns of untreated illnesses in jails/prisons

Jul 10th, 2007 | By

By Gardiner Harris, New York Times Dr. Carmona said drafts of surgeon general reports on global health and prison health were still being debated by the administration. The global health report was never approved, Dr. Carmona said, because he refused to sprinkle the report with glowing references to the efforts of the Bush administration. “The