This spring 2014, Texas Jail Project is launching a new project called
“Jailhouse Stories: Effects of Pretrial Detention”
which will collect accounts about what happens to people held in county jails before they are tried for a crime. If you have a story about what you or your loved one experienced while in jail, please contact TJP to set up an interview! Contributors can remain anonymous – it’s just important for your voice to be heard. Jailhouse Stories will be shared with media outlets, lawmakers, and social leaders to educate Texas about the need to incarcerate less, create more diversion programs, and improve conditions in local jails.
TO SEND US YOUR STORY, connect at:
Texas Jail Project
write: 1712 E. Riverside Drive, Box 190; Austin, TX 78741
What is the Texas Jail Project?
Texas Jail Project (TJP) works to ensure healthier, humane conditions in our local jails and advocates for improved accountability for jailers. On an average day, about 67,000 people – mothers, fathers, brothers, sons, sisters, and daughters – are incarcerated in 246 county jails across Texas. Almost 60% of those being held have not been convicted and are being held pretrial. Many must deal with the difficulties of being in jail while also facing the challenges of addictions or mental health disorders.
WHAT WE DO
DIRECT SUPPORT: TJP receives hundreds of complaints and questions that illustrate ongoing issues and unmet needs in county jails. We try to respond to each, while posting content on our website that provides family and friends with helpful information on how to aid their loved one in receiving fair treatment while they are being held.
ADVOCACY: TJP represents the concerns of inmates and their families to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) and the Texas legislature, providing feedback on the standards and processes regulating jails. TJP especially seeks to represent those from special populations who need improved care: mentally ill people, women (particularly pregnant inmates), veterans, and substance abusers.
PUBLIC EDUCATION: Informing the public about county jails is a vital part of bringing positive reform to the current system. TJP has participated in rallies and vigils that help raise awareness of unjust conditions and has contributed articles for various media sources. For years the popular “Inmate Stories” section of our website has educated, validated, and empowered by giving voice to those who have been impacted by the local criminal justice system.