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Thursday, August 3rd: Jail Commission meeting in Austin

Jul 10th, 2016 | By
Thursday, August 3rd: Jail Commission meeting in Austin

Each meeting starts at 9 am sharp, and anyone can attend! You yourself can speak during public input, which is at 9:05 sharp. It’s worth noting that the Texas Commission on Jail Standards is NOT all powerful and cannot direct jails in every aspect; it actually only has limited authority over how a sheriff runs his jail. There is a long list of standards that the inspectors check out when they inpect the jails, but few of them involve treatment of the people being held. And the legislature has not given the Commission enough inspectors: only 4 to inspect some 245 jails in our vast state!
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Hays County Squalor

Oct 3rd, 2011 | By
Hays County Squalor

Days after Sheriff Gary Cutler took office last November, his chief deputy said he found the jail in a “state of squalor” so bad that inmates in one cell block had taken to wearing bandanas over their mouths to ward off an infestation of tiny flies. Vines overgrew fences and outdoor lights didn’t work. Maggots

Nueces Jail Fails Due to Bad Conditions

Jan 17th, 2010 | By The Nueces County Jail failed a surprise state inspection two weeks after U.S. marshals pulled federal prisoners from the jail, the U.S. Marshals Service said Friday. State inspectors gave Sheriff Rebecca Stutts a timeframe to fix problems and said they understood why federal prisoners were removed, according to marshals. State inspectors finished the two-day

Brownsville Challenge

Feb 3rd, 2008 | By

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

One in Three Jails Failing State Check

May 30th, 2007 | By

By Lynn Brezosky, Associated Press One in three Texas jails have failed state inspections so far this year, and more than a fourth, including Harris County’s, failed last year, an Associated Press review of Texas Commission on Jail Standards records found. When inspected, the jails ranged in population from seven inmates to more than 9,000,