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Why Are Dallas County Jailers Opening Mail Lawyers Send To Locked Up Clients?

Aug. 8, 2022
“It makes it impossible for attorneys to effectively represent their clients if they cannot have that confidential communication with them,” - PJIL Director Michele Deitch
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Marlin, Gatesville prisons without complete air conditioning pose danger to inmates, staff

Aug. 5, 2022
PJIL is featured in a news story on the lack of air conditioning in Texas prisons. Michele highlights the risk of heat-related illnesses for both the incarcerated as well as the employees.
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Families shocked by learning of inmates’ death in Linn jail

July 24, 2022
Michele calls attention to how a family's grief of an incarcerated loved one's death can be made worse by the way the news is delivered. She advocates for death notifications to be as quick and empathetic as possible.
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Sheriff: Linn County Jail deaths unpreventable

July 24, 2022
Linn County Jail (Iowa) reports an alarming number of in-custody deaths. Michele notes that the highly surveilled, closed environment of a jail should prevent deaths. She also advocates for the independent investigation of deaths behind bars.
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Will Trump Do Time? What It Would Take to Convict the Former President

July 20, 2022
Michele is quoted in the July cover of Newsweek on a⁩ story about what would happen if Trump goes to prison.
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The path to prison is often paved by illiteracy. Yet many prisoners aren't being taught to read.

July 18, 2022
PJIL's Michele discusses the impact that correctional education programs like prison literacy efforts can have on recidivism.
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Some mentally ill Dallas inmates are waiting two years to get into state hospitals

July 10, 2022
Hundreds await a state psychiatric hospital bed while in county jail anywhere from months to more than 800 days, raising health and legal concerns. PJIL's associate director, Alycia Welch, explains the state of competency restoration in Texas and offers recommendations for improvement.
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Staff turnover in Texas prisons has increased. Here’s how it’s impacting corrections officers

May 6, 2022
“The agency is competing against other jobs that may offer higher wages, including the oil and gas industry,” said PJIL Director Michele Deitch, “So there’s not a huge pool of people to call on to work in these spaces”
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Texas juvenile justice leader departs with state agency at critical juncture

May 5, 2022
“Camille Cain was deeply invested in trying to reform the agency and turn it into a trauma-informed environment for youth in a way that met their needs,” - PJIL Director Michele Deitch
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Only a quarter of Texas prisons have air conditioning, here’s what that means for prisoners

April 27, 2022
Michele and PJIL researcher Benny Hernandez III were interviewed about excessive temperatures in the Texas Criminal Justice Department. Benny recounts his personal experiences trying to stay cool in prison during the summer months.