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Transgender Persons at the Dallas County Jail

Mar 1st, 2020

Texas Jail Project has found that only a few LGBTQ people report abuse or neglect to the Jail Commission because of the stigma and fear of retribution. We are also concerned because we know county jails are housing trans people in solitary confinement “for their own protection.” And so we want to support the efforts of Texas Pride Initiative who began advocating for the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office (DSO) to create a policy for transgender and intersex persons in 2014.
If you are transgender, gender diverse, or intersex, Trans Pride Initiative (TPI) and the Texas Jail Project would both appreciate any information about personal experiences with the Dallas County Jail and Dallas Sheriff’s Office (or other county confinement facilities) if you would care to share them. You may contact the Texas Jail Project through this web site, and you may also report issues to TPI through their reporting tool or by contacting them at info@tpride.org. Click to continue reading a summary of their efforts to influence policy, conditions and attitudes in Dallas.

A Failure to Protect: Transgender People in the Criminal Justice System

Feb 5th, 2020
Man in jail

Texas Jail Project has found that only a few LGBTQ people report abuse or neglect to the Jail Commission or to our group, because of the stigma and fear of retribution. A lack of public awareness makes this situation worse, leading some correctional officers to believe that nobody cares about the rights of detainees who are LGBTQ. This article points out that “transgender people are ten times as likely to be sexually assaulted by their fellow inmates and five times as likely to be sexually assaulted by staff. Transgender prisoners also face numerous other challenges behind bars, including denials of medical care and lengthy stays in solitary confinement.”

People Bring Powerful Stories to our Racial Equity Workshop

Dec 30th, 2019

Do you know anyone who feels like the color of their skin made it harder for them to get services or find a job or get legal help? Maybe you yourself have felt the effects of racial bias when trying to get mental health care or when defending yourself in the criminal justice system. Other people of color know what it’s like to be disrespected becuase of their sexual orientation or because of not speaking English. We recorded those story at our workshop in Dallas, Saturday, January 18th! The turnout was great and the videos are awesome. It will take more time to get them edited, and so please stay tuned!

TJP Fundraiser: “Southwest of Salem” screening + speakers

Nov 15th, 2019
Southwest of Salem poster

Join Texas Jail Project for a screening of this dramatic and inspiring film Tuesday, DECEMBER 3rd, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at UT’s Utopia Theater, followed by Q & A with Director Deborah Esquenazi and Austin attorney Keith Hampton.

Collin County investigated for firing gay jailer

Sep 1st, 2016

Welcome to the Collin County Jail, where it’s acceptable to harrass and threaten a person on your staff because they are gay. This great story by John Wright from the Texas Observer examines what happens when the command staff of a jail is fine with discrimination and intimidation and hatred. Officer Derek Boyd describes how officials in the sheriff’s department “threatened and interrogated him, outed him to his colleagues, prohibited him from speaking publicly about the matter, and forced him to undergo a polygraph test, which he passed. Other detention officers even refused to respond to Boyd’s radio calls, jeopardizing his safety.” Boyd says , “I got things like, I don’t belong here, God has a special place for me in hell.”

Voices of Pretrial Detention in Texas

Aug 22nd, 2016

“Sharing my story might not make it more safe for myself, but I would like to make it safe for someone else,” says John Brown, who was jailed at Dallas County Jail for two and a half years while awaiting trial. His story as well as others reveal what happens to unconvicted people held in jails, mostly because they cannot afford the bail—a practice outlawed in many developed nations.
Last year, Texas Jail Project launched a website, “Jailhouse Stories: Voices from Pretrial Detention in Texas.” Collected over a two-year period, these powerful stories document a pattern of mistreatment and poor conditions experienced by those incarcerated in county jails while pretrial—innocent in the eyes of the law and awaiting their day in court.