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 the death occurs pre-trial, before the individual was convicted of any 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. What kinds of charges do the individuals who die in jails pre-trial face? What kinds of deaths are most common at your local county jail? Where in Texas are pre-trial deaths the most frequent? We invite you to dig into our data using this dashboard, created by James Babyak, on a laptop or desktop screen for best results.