80 percent of those who died of Covid-19 in Texas county jails were never convicted of a crime – Vox

Over 230 people have died from Covid-19 in Texas’s correctional facilities — and in county jails, nearly 80 percent of them were in pretrial detention and hadn’t even been convicted of a crime, according to a new report.

A team of researchers at the University of Austin at Texas reviewed data from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), which has reported that at least 231 people have died of Covid-19 in the state’s correctional facilities between March and October. This report only looked at state-operated prisons and county-operated jails, as researchers were focused on how Texas’s Covid-19 prison policies had fared.

 

Source: 80 percent of those who died of Covid-19 in Texas county jails were never convicted of a crime – Vox

6 thoughts on “80 percent of those who died of Covid-19 in Texas county jails were never convicted of a crime – Vox”

    1. Yup, and almost nobody seems to know about them. I wrote to my county DA and got a letter of gobbledy gook about looking into the many types of PTIs and PTDs, but no promise to remove the cash requirement for those who cannot pay! 😦

    2. Majority in jail at anytime are there to uphold systematic racism and elitism – and most whites and middle class don’t even know or care. I spent some 30+ years working in those neighborhoods in Cincinnati trying to change things. Change is very, very slow – sadly.

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