September 24, 2020         
Move Over, Aquaman: Three of the World’s Top Female Ocean Explorers to Talk Trailblazing in Ocean Discovery and Conservati   •   Safety Steps for Spooky Fun   •   FDA Grants Spirovant Sciences Orphan Drug and Rare Pediatric Disease Designations for SPIRO-2101 for Treatment of Cystic Fibrosi   •   Malouf Foundation™ and Safe House Project Partner to Launch OnWatch™ Education Platform   •   PSYKHE, the First E-Commerce Recommendation Platform Powered by AI and Psychology, Raises $1.7 Million Seed Round   •   DeSoto Palms, A Physician-Owned Assisted Living Community, Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary   •   BlackNorth Initiative Applauds Recognition of Systemic Racism in Speech from the Throne- Commitment to Measurable Improvement in   •   Government of Canada announces the Indigenous organizations in Saskatchewan who received funding to address the COVID-19 pandemi   •   Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut Announces New CEO   •   AJC Launches Campaign to Bar Iran From Tokyo Olympics   •   New Voices Foundation + Target Accelerators to Hold $100,000 Virtual Pitch Competition for Women of Color Entreprenuers   •   APDerm® Opens Fifth Office in New Hampshire   •   Statement on One-Year Anniversary of Women’s Entrepreneurship Accelerator   •   Rite Aid Surpasses 300 COVID-19 Testing Sites   •   MadaLuxe Group Launches Investment Arm, SLS Journey, Led by Co-founder Sandy Sholl   •   Experts Talk Student Mental Health, Trauma Readiness in New Webinar Series   •   Dow leaders recognized on 2020 HERoes Women Role Model lists   •   Leon Medical Centers, Inc. Is Awarded The Coveted HIMSS Stage 7 Designation   •   Largest Used Car Retailer Completes Roll Out of Online Car Buying Nationwide   •   Verena at Bedford Falls Independent Living Community Treated with MicroShield 360 Antimicrobial Coating
Bookmark and Share

Chaplain Speaks Out On Jail Conditions, Banned

ABILENE, TX – Lance Voorhees, a former volunteer chaplain at the Taylor County Jail, and current volunteer chaplain at the Taylor County Juvenile Justice Center, sued Sheriff Les Bruce today, alleging he is retaliating against him for exercising his free speech rights.  After Voorhees publicly criticized conditions in the Jail and alleged abuse there, Bruce barred him from ministering to prisoners.

 

“Preventing someone from volunteering their time to help rehabilitate prisoners because he was critical of the Jail is outrageous,” said Mr. Voorhees’ attorney, Todd Batson.  “Mr. Voorhees should be commended for his dedication to ministering to the inmates held in the jail, not punished for speaking the truth about what he saw behind prison bars and what inmates relayed to him,” said Batson, Civil Rights Fellow for the Texas Civil Rights Project.

 

Mr. Voorhees began ministering to inmates in the Juvenile Justice Center in 2002.  He was ordained in 1997 and has two decades of unique experience ministering to youth.  In 2005, Taylor County Detention Ministries named him “Volunteer of the Year.”  During his ministry, inmates, their relatives, county employees, and medical personnel told him about numerous instances of prisoner abuse.  These reports included claims that inmates were subjected to dog bites, were restrained in a chair and beaten or pepper sprayed, that certain inmates were systematically beaten, and that an asthmatic inmate was forced to crawl across the floor to reach his medication.

 

“I just want to make sure these inmates’ voices are heard and that the alleged abuse is investigated and remedied,” explained Mr. Voorhees.  “I never thought the Sheriff would prevent me from praying with them and for speaking about what I saw in the jail.” 

 

“When we learned about this problem, we knew this issue was important,” said Batson.  “The County should encourage other people to volunteer to help prisoners, not punish those who do for speaking out about what they see inside.” 



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News