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DPS: Rangers are investigating inmate’s death at Midland County jailPublished on 2020-02-29
According to Caitlin Randle's reporting, a man who was released on bond to die in a hospital was physically unable to sign his bond paperwork. According to the local coroner, the sheriff's office only reported the death as a custodial one after the coroner alerted the Texas Rangers.
Attorney general launches presidential commission on law enforcementPublished on 2020-01-22
For the next nine months, 16 law enforcement officials will meet in working groups and study some 15 different policing topics as the President's Commission on Law Enforcement, reports Tom Jackman and Wesley Lowery. Among the working groups TJI will be watching: Data and Reporting, Police Officer Health, Reduction of Crime and Respect for Law Enforcement.
Jail Deaths in Bexar County Highlight 'Callous' Care in CustodyPublished on 2020-01-23
Michael Barajas reports on a series of in-custody deaths at the Bexar County Jail in 2019, finding that they "point to inadequate treatment for inmates with serious medical conditions."
Death without conviction: Texas jail deaths hit record number in 2019Published on 2020-01-10
Reporter William Patrick: "Despite commendable reforms, especially following Sandra Bland's death in 2015, Texas reported at least 110 jail deaths last year - a record high."
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