Jailhouse Stories
April 4, 2016 9:53 AM   Subscribe

In Texas county jails, thousands of people wait for justice. Many have not been convicted but are held in dangerous and inhumane conditions while their cases are decided. Read their stories at JailhouseStories.org. (Warning - there's some tough reading in here, including abuse of the mentally ill and of pregnant women.)

Jailhouse Stories is a program of the Texas Jail Project, a nonprofit that works to improve the conditions for approximately 65,000 people incarcerated in Texas county jails.
posted by showbiz_liz (7 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
The denial of prescription medication (which seems to be a consistent thread) is utterly barbaric and is purely punitive. There are so many ways they could have third party medication dispensed. It's utterly sickening.
posted by Talez at 7:01 PM on April 4, 2016

This is infanticide on behalf of the staff. It's completely unbelievable that this is a first world country little alone "the greatest country in the world".
posted by Talez at 7:15 PM on April 4, 2016 [3 favorites]

Texas. Expecting differently?
posted by buzzman at 9:08 PM on April 4, 2016

Texas. Expecting differently?

The people who suffered in these stories are Texan, the people who put together this website and represent these people in court are Texan, and they and many other Texans are trying to change the system. They haven't thrown up their hands and written off Texas as a garbage state that can never be expected to improve, so I won't either.
posted by showbiz_liz at 9:22 PM on April 4, 2016 [4 favorites]

Yah, best bud and boss ever of mine; spent six months in one of these hole systems waiting for trial. For swiping car stereos (stupid? Yes. Actions of a then teen/idiot living on the streets? Yes again.) Six. Months. Some time ago; 80's I believe.

It is as if sans finances; the Constitution ceases to exist in Texas. "Right to a fair and speedy trial". Pfff.

It is a repeating event.
posted by buzzman at 11:24 PM on April 4, 2016

Having been tossed in the hoosegow four times over the last quarter century (never stayed longer than overnight) I can attest that jail is the worst experience of all. My arrests were all spurred by non-violent drug use or possession, this last one there wasn't enough evidence for to charge me with that, so they went with "resisting arrest". Still pending. Fuck the police.
posted by telstar at 11:56 PM on April 4, 2016 [1 favorite]

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