“Striving For Humanity”

Since: Jul 08

Rye,Texas

#21 Dec 23, 2008
Gill wrote:
F.Y.I. I'm not a jailor in bastrop. I am not arguing that there is no corruption either. However I am a jailor in another county and there are actions that have to be taken at the intake process. First off, I nor my coworkers are trained in detecting mental illness.(If she was taking meds that prevented suicide than yes she suffered from mental illness). We ask the MHMR questionaire upon the booking process then if there are any red flags then the inmate is placed in a cell with a 15 minute watch and an MHMR caseworker is called.
I really dont know what happened in Bastrop nor does anybody else unless they were working there. For everyone to point their fingers at me and say "You didnt know her" I can honestly point right back and say you weren't there.
Aww Fu*k it! Sue them for hella money! If you want to make money off of your schizo friends suicide then do it! I won't judge you
That's it you don't fu*kn know and I am sure to you my friend is just as disposable as the next criminal right? Jackass. And this is a prime example of the people who are left to handle the mentally ill in our jails? How shallow you must be to think any of us would exploit this situation to gain anything financially. I think it's more important for this family to heal and the only way that can happen is when questions are answered and there are changes made within the system to ensure that this does not happen to another family.
Gill

Austin, TX

#22 Dec 28, 2008
Then wtf is the money for? If you want to teach a lesson go for the badges that were in charge and not for the money.

You have no clue of what goes on in a jail... wait have u been arrested before?

Hows that law suit coming anyways? ;)

“Striving For Humanity”

Since: Jul 08

Rye,Texas

#23 Dec 28, 2008
Gill wrote:
Then wtf is the money for? If you want to teach a lesson go for the badges that were in charge and not for the money.
You have no clue of what goes on in a jail... wait have u been arrested before?
Hows that law suit coming anyways? ;)
The Money is a way to get the attention that's needed to inspire change. The money means nothing without change.However, she's buried with no head stone the money could be used for a head stone to start.

“Striving For Humanity”

Since: Jul 08

Rye,Texas

#24 Dec 28, 2008
Gill wrote:
Then wtf is the money for? If you want to teach a lesson go for the badges that were in charge and not for the money.
You have no clue of what goes on in a jail... wait have u been arrested before?
Hows that law suit coming anyways? ;)
I don't know what being arrested before would prove? It's not a natural to go to jail and come home in a body bag no matter what.

“Striving For Humanity”

Since: Jul 08

Rye,Texas

#26 Jan 3, 2009
I found this article today which is a clear representation of what should concern everyone.
FORT WORTH — A jail in northern Texas has been closed and its nearly 60 inmates transferred as authorities investigate what they call dangerous conditions for jailers and those behind bars — including cells that locked from the inside or contained recliners.

Five inmates already had been moved from the Montague County jail to one in a nearby county this month after an FBI raid, said Jack McGaughey, district attorney for Montague, Clay and Archer counties.

McGaughey declined to say what prompted the investigation, also being conducted by the Texas Rangers. But he said authorities found contraband in the jail. New Sheriff Paul Cunningham moved the inmates to the Wise County jail on Thursday a few hours after he was sworn in.

McGaughey said some surveillance cameras' cords had been disconnected; recliners were in cells; some bathrooms and cells could be locked from the inside; and inmates had made partitions out of paper towels to block jailers' views inside their cells. One alarming discovery was a type of rack made of nails, he said.

"This action was taken because there was a concern for the safety of the prisoners and the jail personnel," McGaughey said Friday.

Some inmates had apparently used extension cords to lock deputies out, and unidentified pills were strewn about other jail cells, Dallas-Fort Worth television station WFAA reported.

No one has been arrested, but McGaughey plans to present evidence to a grand jury and said "a number of people" — inmates as well as jailers — could be indicted.

The U.S. attorney's office also is working with the FBI and might bring federal charges, McGaughey said. The FBI in Dallas did not immediately return calls seeking comment Friday.

Cunningham told WFAA-TV that the conditions made him "shiver" but said he hopes the jail will reopen in two months, with repairs made and inmates back under a new set of rules.

The jail in Montague County, about 65 miles northwest of Fort Worth, has had problems in the past.

In early 2002, four inmates broke out after overpowering a guard with a homemade knife. The two convicted killers and two murder suspects drove off in the guard's SUV but were caught 10 days later at an Oklahoma convenience store.

The Montague County jail had been put on warning about three months before the escape for falling short of the guard-to-inmate ratio. After the breakout officials made a surprise visit and found the jail still out of compliance.

“Striving For Humanity”

Since: Jul 08

Rye,Texas

#27 Jan 3, 2009
Riot and Mysterious Deaths at GEO's Reeves County Detention Center
Mon, 12/22/2008 - 19:32 — Nicole

Earlier this month a riot broke out at the Reeves County Detention Center. The GEO Group manages the west Texas prison through contracts with Reeves County and the Federal Bureau of Prisons; the facility has a 2,400-bed capacity.

During the riot, two recreational specialists, aged 57 and 60, were taken hostage. The center where the two worked was set on fire, and smoke could be scene from outside of the facility. The staffers were civilians and were not prison guards. The hostages were released at different times, but both were free by midnight the next morning. There has been no reporting to their condition during the incident. Initially, reports stated that there were no hostages although there obviously were:

NewsWest9 first reported there were hostages at the prison, but officials denied that before finally saying the information was true.

According to news reports, the riot may have been sparked by the death of one of the prisoners. The prisoners demanded better health care and food. Some of the prisoners also asked to speak with the Mexican Consulate; many of those incarcerated at the Reeves prison are undocumented immigrants.

The riot ended soon after it started and despite the hostages there were no other reports of violence from the facility. Additional news reports uncovered another death this month from the usual "natural causes." No additional information regarding these deaths or what may have led to them has been released publicly.

As usual with these incidents, GEO is being very secretive about what actually transpired. We will continue to monitor the news reports on the recent disturbances and mysterious deaths. As soon as we learn of anything new will be sure to let y'all know.
Gill

Austin, TX

#28 Jan 5, 2009
I remember hearing about the geo prison... scary stuff.

I'm sure you are still pissed at what I've said from previous posts, but what did the report from jail standards or the texas rangers say on the suicide in bastrop?

You have to understand that from the side I stand, inmates test me whether it's trying to get my job or money from a law suit. I apologize for my inconsiderate and insensitive choice of words and know that it does not excuse what has been said.
But4the grace of God go I

Austin, TX

#29 Jan 5, 2009
Not everyone incarcerated is 'bad.' Some have only made a bad mistake, most of us do at some time or another, only the unlucky get caught. Some are in jail by mistake, some b/c of a corrupt system, some b/c there has been a crime and after all, someone has to pay... and yes, some are just plain bad to the core and deserve to be there. However, regardless of why someone is in jail, they are all human beings and should be treated w/ basic human decency.
I also know when people work in the system, they can get cynical, which can cause people to get callus. We really need to be careful b/c someday it could be our sister or uncle or even ourself who is found in the same place as the person we have judged and condemned.
May we always remember, but for the grace of God, go I....

“Striving For Humanity”

Since: Jul 08

Rye,Texas

#30 Jan 6, 2009
Let me be clear on this. I realize that there is overcrowding in our county jails and state prisons. I get that after years of working with inmates you may become desensitized. You begin your day in a defensive mode and deal with things that most of us don't have to experience.However, these are lives of people for whatever reason found themselves on the other side of the law.Now I will not defend a criminal.I believe everyone should he held accountable for their actions.I also believe in human compassion,honor,truth,respect and dignity.I would never compromise myself or my beliefs under any circumstances to harm another.Even if I was in such a position as a jailer or prison guard I would and could never disregard pleas for help.Don't chalk it up as this was another druggie in jail and who gives a flip.This was my childhood friend. This was a mother of two boys and a wife.A sister.A daughter.It's not right that she died.It could have been prevented and that it what bothers me.My friend is reduced to a freshly dug grave and to me it's completely unacceptable.I pray every night for peace not only for Irene but for this family who still bleeds.

“Striving For Humanity”

Since: Jul 08

Rye,Texas

#31 Jan 9, 2009
Death row inmate pulls out eye, eats it

11:44 AM CST on Friday, January 9, 2009

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- A Texas death row inmate with a history of mental problems pulled out his only good eye, authorities said Friday.

Andre Thomas told officers he ate it.

Thomas, 25, was arrested for the fatal stabbings of his estranged wife, their young son and her 13-month-old daughter in March 2004. Their hearts also had been ripped out. He was convicted and condemned for the infant’s death.

While in the Grayson County Jail in Sherman, Thomas similarly had plucked out his right eye before his trial later in 2004. A judge subsequently ruled he was competent to stand trial.

TDCJ

Andre Thomas

A death-row officer at the Polunsky Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice found Thomas in his cell with blood on his face and had him taken to the unit infirmary.

“”Thomas said he pulled out his eye and subsequently ingested it,” agency spokesman Jason Clark said Friday.

Thomas was treated at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler after the Dec. 9 incident. Then he was transferred and remains at the Jester Unit, a prison psychiatric facility near Richmond southwest of Houston.

“He will finally be able to receive the mental health care that we had wanted and begged for from day 1,” Bobbie Peterson-Cate, Thomas’ trial attorney, told the Sherman Herald Democrat.“He is insane and mentally ill. It is exactly the same reason he pulled out the last one.”

At his trial, defense lawyers also argued he suffered from alcohol and drug abuse.

Thomas does not have an execution date.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in October upheld his conviction and death sentence for the death of 13-month-old Leyha Marie Hughes. Also killed March 27, 2004, were his wife, Laura Christine Boren, 20, and their son, 4-year-old Andre Lee.

Thomas, from Texoma, walked into the Sherman Police Department and told a dispatcher he had just murdered the three and had stabbed himself in the chest.

Thomas told police how he put his victims’ hearts in his pocket and left their apartment, took them home, put them in a plastic bag and threw them in the trash.

Court documents described the three victims as having “large, gaping wounds to their chests.”

“Striving For Humanity”

Since: Jul 08

Rye,Texas

#32 Jan 9, 2009
When are they going to realize that our prison systems are not equipped to house the mentally ill? This guy should have been on round the clock supervision or put in a straight jacket.
carolyn

Mullin, TX

#33 Feb 2, 2009
this person was my cousin and those who think that she wanted to die are extremely wrong and she was certianly not schizo. she like many of us have our problems and we deal with them as we can. those that did not know her. have no right to suggest that she wanted to kill herself or anything else.

“Striving For Humanity”

Since: Jul 08

Rye,Texas

#34 Mar 26, 2009
So the discovery papers were given to the family and the lawyers believe they have a case!!!I am so excited at the thought of someone being held accountable for the violation of Irene's civil rights.Amen.Money is not the motivation here but rather change in the system and hope that this will never happen again to another family.
ray

Austin, TX

#35 May 4, 2009
i was locked up for possession in bastrop county a few days ago. You are right, those jailers dont give a fuck about the inmates that need their meds. there was a young man being held in the detox room with the rest of us who was schizophrenic and he was denied his medication and after a few days all they did was place him in iso. the only reason im not still in there is because they ignored me for so long that when i finally got magistrated, the judge demanded i be released on a pr for the jailers ignorance.
the jailer who had to strip search me seemed cool though

“Striving For Humanity”

Since: Jul 08

Rye,Texas

#36 May 24, 2009
Wow!?Really no surprise to me at all.Bastrop is full of jailers getting paid too little to care.They become desensitized by the day in day out inmate interaction.Human life in every form deserves a level of decency.I wish to God they would name the jailers that worked during Irene's stay there.I wouldn't imagine they would ever come forward and at the very least give their side of the story and answer some questions.I'd like to ask them if it was their child,Mother,Sister,Cousin.... would they have wanted them disregarded in the way Irene was? I have a feeling we'll never really know their truths.But I know that every night they lay down to sleep her cries for help will haunt them the rest of their lives if they even have a conscious.

“Striving For Humanity”

Since: Jul 08

Rye,Texas

#37 Jun 27, 2009
Your memory falls over me like a storm again. It brings me to my knees the pain your death. It suffocates me as I dwell in what use to be. My beautiful childhood friend reduced to a mound of freshly dug dirt. Knowing that this was not supposed to be the way it ended. All I can do sometimes is sob hysterically and curse the ones who played part in your demise. I am on most days angry. Mostly at God for taking you away but mad at myself that I let you out of my life without saying how much your friendship meant to me. I would have sold my soul to the devil to keep you from ever being hurt. I have loved you and defended you like a sister. Your name haunts me and I can not rest without knowing what happened that day. I will never stop missing you nor will I ever have another friend like you. I remember when I got pregnant with Shelby and I was so scared. You would throw your arms around me and my belly and say don’t worry, I’ll help take care of your baby. You said the baby would call you modad and we would raise her together. I think you were the reason I was able to get past my husbands indiscretions. If it hadn’t been for your love I am sure they would have buried me long before you. You were my light when all I seen was darkness and you saved me from myself. I wonder why I couldn’t have done the same for you. I failed you and I lost you because of stupid gossip that fueled the rumors and tore us apart. If I could have told you anything it would be that I have never really had a better friend then you. Thank you for all the years your family opened their door and their hearts to me. I know that if it wasn’t for you I would not be the person I am today. And though I took the heat for allot of things you did and got allot of flack for it, I would do it a million times over because I love you. I will always love you. I want nothing more then for you to rest in peace but I can’t seem to put this behind me. My heart aches in a way I can’t explain and the tears they explode out of no where. I feel you around me; I know that you’re with me. I beg to God every night help me find closure with this. God please don’t let my anger spill over into somebody else’s grief. Yes I am still grieving. It’s hard on some days to remember that I have to honor you by finding something good in all of this because I have this hate in the pit of my stomach that screams for me to make them pay. Until these people are held accountable, the will be no peace for me or the ones who played a role in Irene’s story. May you rot in Hell all of you that left her in a dressing room and those of you who weren’t performing cpr before the medics got there. Shame on all of you who treated like less then a human being.
Devil Child

Watseka, IL

#38 Jun 30, 2009
If money wasnt a motivation then the lawyers would do it for free and you would be making demands for change and having jobs taken from those that did this injustice.

Dont bother with replying like you have in the past about 'you dont know anything etc etc so f' off"...theres only so many times you can play that card.

“Striving For Humanity”

Since: Jul 08

Rye,Texas

#39 Jul 2, 2009
I wish this were some `kind of game and I had a card to play but this is our lives and this has changed the lives of allot of people who genuinely loved Irene.I won't give up till there names are written before us and their held accountable for their actions.I want them to pay with their conscious.I want them to suffer with Irenes crys for help.Money doesn't bring her back but it will afford her the gravestone she deserves
Devil Child

United States

#40 Jul 3, 2009
At least you admitted that money was part of the motivation behind this.
steve andrews

Stigler, OK

#41 Jul 3, 2009
first of al my condolences to the family of the women who died while in custody by the bastrop co. jail. THE F.B.I. SHOULD INVESTIGATE THIS REDNECK TINHORN JAIL, AND FIND THESE BACKWOOD COUNTRY BUMPKINS RESPONSIBLE. JUSTICE NOW!

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