Today, Grassroots Leadership and a coalition of groups representing criminal justice, civil liberties, policy, and faith organizations released a report, 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.
“Dawson has a well-documented history of neglect of incarcerated people, in many cases resulting in death,” said Kymberlie Quong Charles of Grassroots Leadership. “Unfortunately, these problems are common in prisons run for profit by corporations. How many more people will have to die before this facility is closed?”
In conjunction with the report's release, the groups announced a vigil at the Dawson State Jail for March 7th, the eve of International Women's Day.