In this dashboard, the Texas Justice Initiative examines cases of individuals who have died in county and municipal jails before going to trial. When a person is arrested, a judge sets, or in some cases denies, the bail, an amount intended to ensure the individual shows up to court. The individual is held in jail until they pay the bail or go to trial. If an individual dies while they are in custody at a county or municipal jail – even if they have not been convicted of a crime – their death must be reported to the state’s Oﬃce of the Attorney General. TJI uses those reports to populate our Custodial Death Reports database.
Below, we filtered our data for individuals who died in county and municipal jails before being convicted of charges or going to trial, and in some cases before even being charged. This dashboard, created by James Babyak, is best viewed on a laptop or desktop screen.