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A New Civil Lawsuit is Filed on Behalf of Jenny, a Rape Victim Jailed in Houston, Texas, to Secure her Testimony

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

English: Harris County, Texas Annex

English: Harris County, Texas Annex (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For 27 days, a mentally ill woman named Jenny was locked up in the general population of Harris County Jail in Houston, Texas, but not for an alleged crime. The Harris County District Attorney’s office at that time allegedly had her placed in jail to secure her testimony in a major rape case. There has since been a law named after Jenny that provides protections against such incidents. A new civil case in connection with this 2015 incident was filed on Monday, December 11, 2017. In this lawsuit, the doctors and hospital that allowed county prosecutors to take her out of the hospital and lock her up are being sued.

The case claims that an inpatient psychiatric patient cannot be simply handed over to individuals who may show up and claim authority to take her into custody. The event that instigated these actions was that then 26-year-old Jenny had a mental breakdown when testifying against her rapist. She was taken to a unit of St. Joseph Medical Center and diagnosed with suicidal ideation and psychosis. Fearing that she wouldn’t show up again in the case, prosecutors had an attachment order filed against Jenny, to lock her up in the interim.

The new lawsuit claims that Jenny’s rights were treated with callous or reckless indifference and that she was unlawfully transferred to the Harris County Jail. While Jenny was locked up, she allegedly did not get her medications regularly and she was attacked by another prisoner. The further claim is that Jenny’s experience with the county has been traumatic, causing possibly irreparable damage.

The rapist Jenny eventually testified against is now serving two life sentences.

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For a Prisoner’s Alleged Beating, Five Harris County, Texas, Jailers have been Criminally Indicted

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

English: 1200 Jail, the headquarters of the Ha...

English: 1200 Jail, the headquarters of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Español: El 1200 Jail (“Carcel 1200”), la sede de la Oficina del Sheriff del Condado de Harris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, five jailers with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office were indicted in connection with an alleged beating of a prisoner at Harris County Jail in Houston, Texas, which occurred in September 2016. The prisoner, Jerome Bartee, required facial reconstruction after the incident. To reconstruct his face, a plate, stitches, and screws were needed. He also suffered a shattered eye socket, according to a news release from the office of Kim Ogg, Harris County District Attorney. A surveillance video at the jail captured the entire alleged beating, although one of the officers attempted to turn the video camera off at one point. Four detention officers have been charged with aggravated assault by a public servant. The fifth detention officer was indicted for misdemeanor assault. Warrants for the arrest of all five jailers were issued. The men were suspended several days after the incident, following an internal affairs investigation.

According to court filings, Bartee told employees at the jail that he was suffering from a severe toothache, and he requested medical attention. A detention officer escorted him to the clinic and allegedly shoved him into a door in the clinic hallway, and the action was unprovoked. Several other detention officers also went to the scene and allegedly physically assaulted Bartee. They allegedly threw him into a podium and into a chair. They also allegedly beat and stomped him until he was nearly unconscious. Employees at the jail took Bartee to Ben Taub Hospital, but he was returned to the general population at Harris County Jail later that day, with bruises and sutures.

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A 26-year-old Prisoner Commits Suicide in Harris County Jail

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

English: Harris County 1910 Courthouse Español...

English: Harris County 1910 Courthouse Español: Palacio de Justicia de 1910 del Condado de Harris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A prisoner died at 12:06 a.m. on Friday, December 1, 2017, in Harris County Jail after hanging himself with a bed sheet. He was a mentally ill prisoner housed in the mental health ward. The records show that he was classified as having serious mental illness on a persistent basis, according to spokesperson for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Jason Spencer. The Texas Rangers will investigate the custodial death; and the Texas Commission on Jail Standards will conduct a jail inspection, as well.

On Thursday night, November 30, the inmate was discovered by a detention officer who had just found that the window to the cell had been covered with a newspaper. The jail’s medical staff attempted to revive the man, and then he was transported via ambulance to St. Joseph’s Medical Center before being pronounced dead a short time later.

This is the second time in 2017 that a prisoner committed suicide in Harris County Jail. In February, Vincent Dwayne Young, age 32, hanged himself with a bed sheet. In his case, it was allegedly found that the HCSO had failed to comply with minimum jail standards. Jailers allegedly failed to have scheduled observation checks on Young, as the state requires.

In recent months, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez implemented measures intended to prevent jail suicides. Jail activists and top jail officials as well as state legislator Senator John Whitmire, D-Houston, have emphasized the seriousness of the situation in which suicides continue to occur in Texas county jails, calling on the removal of items that prisoners commonly use for that purpose. Whitemire is calling for “zero tolerance” of jail suicides.

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