What We're ReadingNews that caught our attention or cited the Texas Justice Initiative from across the Lone Star State and beyond.
How dangerous is your jail? Exclusive analysis compares Texas jails on use-of-force injuries, deathsPublished on August 17, 2023
Eric Dexheimer and Alexandra Kanik analyzed serious incident reports from Texas county jails that TJI collects to evaluate safety in rural Texas jails.
‘A place of torment’: 22 families, former inmates sue Harris County over jail conditionsPublished on August 7, 2023
Eileen Grinch with Houston Landing reports that relatives of nine people who died in Harris County Jail along with 13 people who were formerly incarcerated have sued Harris County, claiming civil rights violations. The federal complaint comes after dozens of deaths and injuries in the Houston lockup over the past few years.
Texas prisoners struggle to endure heat wave in facilities without air conditioningPublished on July 19, 2023
Paul Flahive reports on the ongoing heat wave affecting people incarcerated in Texas prisons: "One inmate told TPR the best way to describe what it’s like to be in a Texas prison cell without air conditioning is to think of a cookout on a hot day."
HPD's use of force incidents that cause major injuries disproportionately affect Black residentsPublished on June 12, 2023
Data from the Houston Police Department's transparency hub: Black individuals made up 72 percent of those seriously injured and 63 percent of those killed by police since 2020, according to reporting by Matt deGrood.
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