Urgent Action:Travis County officials are playing the blame game

...and it's families that lose.

Travis County Commissioners have until September 29th to pass a budget that will restore in-person visitation to families and their incarcerated loved ones, but they’ve started back-peddling.

Earlier this month,  Travis County received an exemption from compliance with a new law that says all Texas counties are obligated to provide two, in-person, face-to-face visits per week to inmates in county jails.  Despite this fact,Travis County was on the right path to voluntarily restoring in-person visits….until last week’s budget hearing

What happened?  After receipt of the exemption letter, commissioners started questioning their obligation to those in Travis county to ensure that families and their incarcerated loved ones remain united, even though they supported restoring in-person visitation before the legislation existed.
 
What’s worse? Travis County may have been granted an exemption based on misleading information submitted to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards by the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.  TCJS has informed Travis County officials that its exemption from the law is currently under review. 

Don’t let Travis County Commissioners Court and the Sheriff’s Office play the blame game with each other! Families are the only losers in this game.

Call to Action

Contact Travis County Commissioners immediately to request that the budget item to restore in-person visitation remain on the Court’s agenda.  
Community members have several more opportunities to testify before the Travis County Commissioners Court on the importance of restoring in-person visitation to the Travis County Jail.  All hearings take place at 700 Lavaca Street (1st Floor), 78701.  Click here for more details on each hearing.    
  • Tuesday, September 22nd - 9am (weekly hearing) & 6pm (public hearing on 2016 tax rate)
  • Friday, September 25th - 9am
  • Tuesday, September 29th - 9am
JOIN US for a call-in info session on Monday, September 21st at noon where we will update folks on the latest developments on the budget and TCJS’s review of our exemption.  For call-in information please RSVP