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Chaplain Describes Jails’ Treatment of Families

Aug 8th, 2018

Deacon Bob spoke truth to the Commissioners and staff at the quarterly meeting of the Jail Commission. One of his important points: “It appears that the sheriff and local staff have little concern for families of those incarcerated and the important role they play. These sheriffs seem to forget they are elected by those in their community, who may have a loved one in their jail. I hear it said many times by families that feel like they are being treated as though they have committed a crime, as well. I realize that public safety is top priority for the county jails, but families can and should be treated with respect. Each of us were created in God’s image and likeness.”

Jail Reads Sends Books

Apr 18th, 2018

County jails are not required to have a library like state prisons are. And a lot of small to medium sized jails don’t have any books and only allow ones ordered from publishers or Amazon. So If your family can’t afford to buy them for you, you may go months with nothing to read or learn. Or you may only find tattered romance novels like our founder Diane Wilson found in the Victoria County Jail. So Jail Reads helps bring words and hope into the jails!

Austin: New Sheriff Should Support Inmate Programs

Feb 27th, 2016
Travis County Jail inmate participate in a beekeeping class in 2014.

County commissioners and law enforcement across Texas often talk a good game about reducing recidivism and diverting people with mental illness. However, at the same time, many officials—and the jailhouse culture—erect barriers to programming that could help inmates while they are incarcerated. Romy Zarate says such programs can turn a life around.

Innovative Rehab for Houston Prostitutes

Sep 21st, 2013

HOUSTON (AP) — Tricia Chambers began her life heavily dependent on heroin and methadone. From there, she was peddled into child pornography, and by 9 she had a full-fledged career in prostitution, alongside her mother. Now 42, Chambers is getting what she believes to be her first real chance — in a downtown Houston cellblock.

Smith County Inmates Farm for County

Jun 26th, 2013

Hope this Smith County program is as good as it sounds here. Let’s hear from staff and former inmates on how it’s going!

“Smith County Jail inmates are out this week, doing some farm work to help the hungry in the community.A joint effort between the Smith County Sheriff’s office and the East Texas Food Bank allows inmates to pick vegetables, with 100% of the going to needy families. The garden, which was opened in 2010, provides fresh, nutritious vegetables to over 100,000 East Texans.”

Kerr County Jail Garden Feeds Local Groups

Mar 21st, 2013

Texas County Progress The one-acre Kerr County Jail Garden has yielded more than 6,000 pounds of produce this year, said Kerr County Sheriff W.R. “Rusty” Hierholzer. “It gets the inmates out and gives back to our community,” Hierholzer explained. “We have anywhere from four to eight inmates who spend approximately seven hours a day in

Webb County Inmates Getting GEDs

Sep 27th, 2012

Annette Garcia, Pro8 TV News Story Created: Sep 25, 2012 at 6:08 PM CDT Adrian Bailey isn’t the average student. He’s behind bars, sentenced to five years. He’ll be eligible for parole soon and says he’s ready for the world out there… thanks to an opportunity given to him in here as a GED student. He says right

Texas County Jails: Look at the PRIDE Program

Aug 10th, 2012

Travis County Jail has developed model programs to help inmates turn their lives around. One reason for that is that Sheriff Hamilton makes this a priority, and another reason is that the people of Travis county fund, through their taxes, several important positions at the jail–employees who create and coordinate classes and training for inmates. This is a smart use of tax dollars that will save all of us money in the long run, while helping preserve families and lower recidivism rates. The PRIDE program* for non-violent women prisoners has to be one of the best. Here is a brief description and below that is a link to a page about all their programs.

PRIDE Program Helps Women in Jail

Aug 7th, 2012


Babysteps: Can Texas’ New Approach to Prisoners with Newborns Help Keep Families Together?

Dec 31st, 2011

Texas Jail Project is a group that works on issues to do with county jail, not Texas prisons – and since there are 245 county jails in Texas, we have our work cut out for us. But my work as a writer drew me to a non-jail topic; when a friend raved to me about the women and babies at the BAMBI program I knew I wanted to explore that in a story. Here it is in the new Texas Observer: http://www.texasobserver.org/cover-story/babysteps