Posts Tagged ‘ guards and jailers ’

Former Inmates File Class Action Lawsuit Against Abilene Jail

Aug 27th, 2012 | By

By Celinda Emison, May 24, 2011, Abilene Reporter News A  class-action lawsuit targeting Taylor County Sheriff Les Bruce and other jail employees has been filed in federal court by several former inmates and the families of two inmates who died at the county jail. The suit alleges that inmates were routinely denied medical treatment and



Death of Edwinta Deckard Changes Nacogdoches Jail

Jul 11th, 2012 | By
Death of Edwinta Deckard Changes Nacogdoches Jail

A Texas Ranger investigation actually finds a jail and its staff responsible for the death of a person in their custody, due to lack of medical care! This outcome is rare and Texas Jail Project is relieved to see it happen. Even more importantly, the Nacogdoches Commissioners Court took steps to prevent other deaths by creating a new position who will advise jailers on procedures and practices to follow when dealing with ill or injured inmates. We hope that people in Nacogdoches County will let us know if there is any improvement in the medical care in that jail.



No Charges In Death of Norman Hicks, Sr.

Apr 26th, 2012 | By
No Charges In Death of Norman Hicks, Sr.

When Sheriff Garcia stated that more work has to be done to address jailing of the mentally ill, he said a mouthful. But that statement is little consolation to those whose family member dies in that jail.



Dallas Jail Passes Inspection Again

Mar 30th, 2012 | By

Texas Jail Project has been monitoring the number of complaints and calls for help from inmates inside Dallas County Jail, and the numbers are down. This week, one mother in California who was worried about her son reported that she was relieved to hear her son had received treatment for the flu that many inmates have right now. This is good news, but we still look for more improvement, since the #1 search term used most often on the Texas Jail Project website is Lew Sterritt, the name of the Dallas county jail – and that’s because a lot of people are looking for information and help in dealing with this jail.



Claitor Comments on 2012 Abilene Sheriff Story

Mar 4th, 2012 | By
Claitor Comments on 2012 Abilene Sheriff Story

The Abilene Reporter ran a piece at the end of February providing a forum for Sheriff Les Bruce (above left) in which he describes the superiority of the Abliene jailers over Houston jailers and says they committ very few “errors.” TJP’s Director– and many citizens in Abllene–beg to differ. Read Claitor’s comment she posted at the newspaper.



Lawsuit Against Brazoria County Jailers

Mar 1st, 2012 | By
Lawsuit Against Brazoria County Jailers

I remember when Shelly wrote me about her husband, and how sick and sad I felt when I learned her husband Lisandro had died in that jail. She had also written the Commission on Jail Standards and they were no help either. Here is what she said back in 2010:

“I wrote you about my husband to you over a month ago, he died due to lack of medical care. . . his name was Lisandro Torres and we have a 16 yr old son. The jail maintained until his death he was faking after a massive stroke and was having problems breathing, chest pain, could’nt swallow and was tormented by several jailers and nurses. Nobody would listen and still wont but he sent me the proof three weeks before he died and over 100 letters [about what was happening.]”



Galveston Jail Sued for Horrible Injuries

Dec 1st, 2011 | By

9/24/2011 4:28 PM By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau GALVESTON – A paralyzed inmate with Texas Department of Criminal Justice alleges his rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act have been violated since he was first incarcerated. In a $2 million lawsuit filed Sept. 16 in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas, Donald Ray



Liberty County Jailer Smuggling Drugs to Inmate

Nov 22nd, 2011 | By

A 25-year-old Daisetta, Texas, man has pleaded guilty to federal charges in the Eastern District of Texas, according to U.S. Attorney John M. Bales. James Allen Roach pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield on Tuesday, Oct. 18, to attempting to provide a federal inmate with a prohibited object. According to information presented in



Visiting Comal County Jail?

Oct 21st, 2011 | By

Friends and loved ones of inmates in Comal County Jail tell us this: 1. First of all, it helps to look at their website, and check out the visitation schedule – but sometimes they don’t  tell everything you need to know. 2. Write to your loved one and tell him to put you on their visitor list.



Harris County Sheriff and Houston Police Chief Speak Out!

Sep 20th, 2011 | By

In recent years, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Houston Police Department have improved the way their officers deal with situations involving individuals with mental illness. We have refined and increased training on mental health issues. We have reformed our policies to ensure that we are better prepared to properly handle these encounters.
For its role in the implementation of the Chronic Consumer Stabilization Initiative, designed to help the chronic mentally ill . . . .