This week Grassroots Leadership and many of our partners and allies submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission in hopes of improving the way video "visits" are currently being offered and sold at county jails and state prisons around the country. Our comments can be viewed here. Read more about Grassroots Leadership and allies submit comments to the FCC on video visitation
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Last week the San Antonio Express News posted this article about Bexar County’s imminent transition to video-only visitation at their county jail. Despite outcry from community members, Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau and County Commissioners continue to push the plan forward. Read more about San Antonio media fails to report opposition to video visit plans at Bexar County Jail
As we finish up 2015, we thought we’d reflect on the year at Grassroots Leadership. We’ve had a terrific year of work and it couldn’t have been possible without the hard work and support of our staff, board, volunteers, allies, and donors. Please consider making a donation to help our work continue in 2016. Thank you, we couldn’t do it without you! Read more about The year in review: 15 highlights of 2015 at Grassroots Leadership!
TAKE ACTION: The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is trying again to license family detention centers as “childcare” facilities after a judge blocked the state from licensing the family detention lockups under a so-called "emergency" rule. Read more about Want to stop Texas from licensing family detention camps as childcare facilities?
Last month, the Tampa Bay Times and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune shed light on horrific conditions in Florida’s state-funded mental health facilities in a recent joint investigation - with an offensive headline - Ins Read more about Florida's Treatment Industrial Complex a Disaster
When I asked Diana Claitor, Executive Director of the Texas Jail Project, which jail in Texas offers an example of what’s working, she replied without hesitation: Brazos County. Read more about Criminal Justice and Mental Health Coalition Visits Brazos County Detention Center