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Texas Activists Rattle Cages Over Shabby Jails
Austin-based inmates' rights group hopes to shine daylight on inhumane conditions and mismanagement in county jails
"...shine daylight on inhumane conditions and mismanagement in county jails...."

Aug. 10, 2007 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Lege Ponders "Jails 'R' Us"
Lege proposals to privatize jails may not be the cost-cutter supporters claim.
"...are being considered for the responsibility of managing state jails -- which house the system's lowest-level felony offenders. The..."

April 18, 2003 News Feature by Jordan Smith

County to Restore In-Person Jail Visits
Commissioners passed a $707,000 measure to bring in-person visitation back to the county jails
"...measure that will re-implement in-person visitation at Travis County jails. The $707,000 approval, to be funded through savings from..."

Oct. 2, 2015 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Naked City
Jails Fail Again
"...Travis County Sheriff's Office. Problems at the county's three jails must be fixed immediately, the commission admonished, or the..."

Feb. 22, 2002 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Locked Up Time
" of us, starts out believing that people in jails must have done something to get put there and..."

July 31, 1992 Movie Review by Kathleen Maher

Unanswered Questions in Jailhouse Suicide
Since 2012, 100 have suffered self-inflicted deaths in Texas jails
"...pointing to the 98 other self-inflicted deaths in Texas jails since the beginning of 2012, Whit­mire did use Bland's..."

Sept. 4, 2015 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Cash Cows
The Huddled Masses
" not a new source of revenue for local jails. Before the state's expanded prison system came on line..."

Dec. 18, 1998 News Feature by Lisa Tozzi

House Bills 1140 & 1141
Two bills would require more reporting on conditions of jails
"...reporting on the conditions pregnant inmates face in Texas jails. The standard of care for pregnant inmates has been..."

Feb. 13, 2015 News Feature by Amy Kamp

Giving Voice to the Voiceless
Texas Jail Project tells the stories of people held in jail, pre-trial
"...TJP, which aims to improve conditions in Texas county jails, was started by Claitor and environmental activist Diane Wilson..."

April 1, 2016 News Feature by Amy Kamp

From Prisoner to Reformer
A Q&A with 'Orange Is the New Black' author Piper Kerman
"...see far fewer women and girls in prisons and jails...."

May 9, 2014 News Post by Amy Smith

A New Jail for Travis County?
County moves forward with new women's building despite vote to delay and community outcry
"...Texas county jails house people who have been charged with crimes and..."

Sept. 7, 2018 News Feature by Lindsay Stafford Mader

FCC Lowers Cost of Inmate Calls
Video-conferencing company Securus Technologies opposes FCC fee change
"...of calls made to those incarcerated in prisons and jails around the country from roughly $20 for 20 minutes..."

Oct. 30, 2015 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Right to Birth
Debate over care for pregnant jail inmates continues
"...the University of Southern California, told the commission that jails should expect that the pregnant women in their custody..."

Feb. 13, 2015 News Feature by Amy Kamp

Notes on Kamp: Culture Shift
Too many people are finding themselves caught up in the criminal justice system
"...get those numbers down. First, we could acknowledge that jails should not be substitutes for mental hospitals. On Mon­day,..."

April 1, 2016 News Column by Amy Kamp

Sheriff Sally Hernandez Continues to Do "What’s Right"
Besieged by the state GOP, Hernandez shows no sign of backing down from her immigration policies
"...local resources on public safety and not use local jails as holding cells for federal immigration enforcement. "Immigration needs..."

July 7, 2017 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Securus Leak Reveals Privacy Breach
Documents show Securus committed more than 14,000 violations of attorney-client privilege nationwide
"...the past seven years outfitting state penitentiaries and county jails with video-conferencing technology that proves costly to families of..."

Nov. 20, 2015 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

A new law requires in-person visits for Texas jails, but it's not clear if Travis County is exempt
"...exemption to HB 549, the law mandating that county jails afford inmates two 20-minute in-person visits each week that..."

Sept. 25, 2015 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Standard of Care
Are pregnant inmates receiving adequate medical treatment?
"...lack of adequate care for pregnant inmates in Texas jails. Last November, as the Chronicle previously reported, members of..."

Jan. 30, 2015 News Feature by Amy Kamp

Cold as ICE
Sheriff Greg Hamilton stoutly defends the 'Secure Communities' deportation mill. But growing public and official opposition is working to shut down the line.
"...not physical presence for ICE in America's prisons and jails...."

July 4, 2014 News Feature by Tony Cantú

Let's Stop Incarcerating African-Americans
" the very nice liberals who keep building more jails for the very nice purpose of alleviating overcrowding. We..."

Oct. 9, 2007 Postmarks

Who Fired Tony Fabelo?
Last year's veto of the Criminal Justice Policy Council reflects a private agenda at the governor's office
"...have allowed the TDCJ to further privatize 21 state jails, used for less dangerous offenders and home to a..."

April 30, 2004 News Feature by Lucius Lomax

Naked City
Mental Health Going to Jail
"...Criminal Justice penitentiaries, state jail facilities, and local county jails...."

April 25, 2003 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Mental Health Care Meltdown
The mental health care system for Austin and Travis County is increasingly overwhelmed, with no relief in sight.
"...and more than 15,000 adults in county and city jails have had at least some contact with the public..."

Dec. 20, 2002 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
"...Amarillo, to present a detailed plan to get county jails up to snuff with state regulations. For four years..."

Oct. 12, 2001 News Feature by Lauri Apple

Against All Odds
"...Immigration and Naturalization Service detainees being held in Texas jails, Johnson spends virtually all of her free time traveling..."

Dec. 18, 1998 News Feature by Robert Bryce

Hernandez to ICE Reversal Critics: “This Is Not Over”
Sheriff incurs wrath after altering detainer policy
"...Hernandez "broke her promise" to keep ICE out of jails. Count immigrant rights advocacy group Grassroots Leadership among those..."

Oct. 20, 2017 News Feature by Mary Tuma

SB 4 on Thin ICE
A ruling in San Antonio spells trouble for state law
"...his Fourth Amendment protection from unreasonable search and seizure. Jails can't hold someone because they are undocumented; they need..."

June 16, 2017 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Database Tracks Deaths in Police Custody
Project pulls data from the last decade
"...hands of law enforcement or in custody of local jails or prisons. The database, available at, provides general..."

Aug. 5, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Face-to-Face Visitation Returns to Travis County
Change currently affects certain inmates in Del Valle
"...a years-long effort to return in-person visitation to county jails throughout Texas, currently affects a certain subset of inmates..."

April 20, 2016 News Post by Chase Hoffberger

Notes on Kamp: Easing the Stigma
Fair Chance ordinance is a good start in helping people with criminal records rejoin society
"...need to have skills that qualify them for jobs. Jails and prisons have moved away from providing programming for..."

March 25, 2016 News Column by Amy Kamp

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