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Building a bottom-up Movement to Fight Texas Jails

Sep 30th, 2022

Across the state, Texas Jail Project staff and community members continue organizing to depopulate county jails and equip incarcerated loved ones with resources and support. This summer, you may have found the Texas Jail Project team in local downtowns court-and-jail-watching, at county commissioner’s testifying, at community events tabling, or at the State Capitol testifying. A growing jail population

Texas Jail Project winter updates and Celebrating Womens History Month

Mar 16th, 2022

TEXAS JAIL PROJECT WINTER UPDATES AND CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH As the world celebrates Women’s History Month, we’re proud of the fact that Texas Jail Project is an all-woman team. As an organization helmed by a South Asian woman of color, and staffed by two Black women and two Latina women, we are the exceptions

Why Support Texas Jail Project on Giving Tuesday

Nov 30th, 2021

Support Texas Jail Project This Giving Tuesday Texas Jail Project relies on public donations to do our urgent and essential work challenging mass incarceration at its front door: the county jail. Your donations help us monitor jail conditions, disburse direct aid, support pretrial diversion, and craft groundbreaking storytelling projects that uplift the experiences of incarcerated community members. This holiday season,

Fall Action & Updates

Oct 2nd, 2021

  Our team has been hard at work through the end of summer. Read below for organizational updates, upcoming events, and ongoing campaigns from Texas Jail Project! This summer, we welcomed several new faces to our team. With our community’s generous support, we have been able to hire a full-time community organizer in Tarrant county.

Shedding Light

Jul 19th, 2021

In case you missed it, Texas Jail Project launched Shedding Light – a digital archive of interviews, personal essays, poetry, and records collected from people in county jails and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic, in collaboration with Civil Rights Corps and Zealous. In a time of unprecedented caging and in the middle of a pandemic, we have conducted

Take Action: Defend Pretrial Liberty

May 29th, 2021

Did you know that Texas lawmakers are trying to amend the State Constitution to weaken your right to be presumed innocent when charged with a crime? We need your help today to stop it.  Bad bail bills HB 20 & SB 21 cannot be passed without a constitutional amendment because they are so restrictive they’re literally unconstitutional without it.

More Voices at the Capitol = More Justice in our Communities!

Apr 28th, 2021

More voices at the capitol means more justice in our communities! Working toward that goal, Texas Jail Project is facilitating testimony by people impacted by the criminal justice system, women, those living with disabilities, veterans, and people of color. We hope you’re inspired by their efforts and will join us — see the call to action at the end

We Answered the Calls for Help

Mar 16th, 2021

We are forging alliances with county stakeholders and courts to promote diversion – at the same time that we’re forming innovative partnerships with grassroots volunteers to provide direct aid to people in county jails! Our East Texas advocate Dalila Reynoso (second from left)  facilitated the release of KM, BF and JB from the Smith County Jail to the RecovHery

Kevin Garrett at Texas Jail Project

Jan 29th, 2021

Having experienced homelessness and incarceration, Kevin Garrett put himself through college and law school, and in 2018, received a Hogg Foundation fellowship to work at our small nonprofit in Austin. His role as peer policy fellow changed his trajectory while helping transform Texas Jail Project into a more versatile and inclusive organization. Kevin described challenges for families dealing with substance abuse disorder from the perspective of

2020: Resilience, Action & Possibilities!

Jan 11th, 2021

In 2020 we rose to the challenge – taking on the colliding pandemics of COVID-19 and inhumane jailing, while undergoing our own internal transformation. We’re proud to have taken on big fights in our pursuit of depopulating county jails and demonstrating community based alternatives to incarceration. Texas county jails were the frontlines for this year’s crisis, foregrounding systemic inequities and corruption, from rural county jails with unreported outbreaks to metropolitan superspreader facilities. And we didn’t back down.