New Report from Texas Coalition Calls for Closure of Dawson State Jail

“We know Dawson State Jail has had at least five deaths in the last five years and obviously things need to change. The inmates there are not getting adequate medical attention, because if they were, they wouldn’t be dying. If things don’t change, CCA and TDCJ will face more lawsuits about the unconstitutional conditions there.” – Michelle Smith, Civil Rights Fellow at the Texas Civil Rights Project.

A coalition of groups representing criminal justice, civil liberties, policy, and faith organizations released a report today, detailing abuses at the privately-run Dawson State Jail in Dallas and outlining further rationale for closing the facility.  The report is co-authored by Texas-based Grassroots Leadership and The Sentencing Project, a national organization working for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system.  The full report is online at

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