LDF Files Requests Related to Conditions at Texas Prisons
and Detention Facilities Following Hurricane Harvey
Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) sent Texas Public Information Act Requests to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department, the Jefferson County Community Supervision and Corrections Department, the Minnie Rogers Juvenile Justice Center, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The requests ask for information regarding conditions in state and local prisons and detention facilities during and after Hurricane Harvey given disturbing reports of dire conditions in some of those facilities.
LDF sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Acting Director of the BOP Thomas Kaine calling for an investigation into conditions in federal prisons in Beaumont, Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization and has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF.