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On September 27, 2011 at approximately 9:05 AM, Ms. Latoshia Clark was booked in the Harris County Jail after being transported from Baytown P.D. on the charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance. On October 18, 2011 at approximately 10:40 AM, K & K Ambulance Service transported Inmate Clark to Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital for complaints of Hypoxia, fever, and possible pneumonia. On November 5, 2011 at approximately 4:00 PM, Inmate Clarks family members asked doctors to remove her from life support. At approximately 4:25 PM, Inmate Clark was pronounced deceased by Doctor Kadri.
Latoshia Suzette Clark was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She moved to Houston with her parents and her sister when she was two years old. She attended Houston schools and grew up to become a licensed nursing assistant. Unfortunately, like so many, Latoshia became addicted to drugs. After several prior arrests, in September of 2011, Houston police again arrested her for drug possession and took her to the Harris County Jail. A magistrate set a money bond she could not afford to pay, so she languished in a violent, overcrowded jail, where -- suffering from AIDS-- she eventually died an excruciating death six weeks later. She was 36 years old. This report is inspired by the thousands of Latoshia Clarks whose lives might have been different had the City of Houston used incarceration as a last resort and instead employed more reasonable, effective and humane alternatives.
March 2016 Houston Transition Committee on Criminal Justice Report