Posts Tagged ‘ Inmate death ’

Gaines County: Abel Vasquez dies after suicide attempt at jail

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By

 Tuesday, September 9, 2014 11:37 AM, NewsWest9.com GAINES COUNTY – A Gaines County Jail inmate has died after attempting suicide. The incident happened on Sunday at the Gaines County Law Enforcement Center. We’re told that 18-year-old Abel Marroquin Vasquez from Seagraves was attempting suicide by hanging. Officials say that Vasquez was taken to Memorial Hospital



James McGowan dies in Montague County Jail

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By

by Mechell Dixon 07/31/2014, Texoma’shomepage.com Texas Rangers are investigating the death of a Bowie man who was found in his Montague County jail cell. Trooper Tony Fulton says 28 year old James McGowan was booked into the jail last week. The Montague County Sheriff’s office lists McGowan’s charges as theft of a firearm and unlawful



Gregory Lange dies in the Tom Green County Jail

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By

11/11/14 from EverythingLubbock.com SAN ANGELO, TX —  The Texas Rangers are investigating the death of an inmate at the Tom Green County Jail. The inmate was a former Runnels County Justice of the Peace who was in jail for a DWI conviction. Jailers found 58-year-old Gregory Lange unresponsive and unconscious in the Tom Green County jail



Inez Trujillo Jr dies in Duval County Jail

Dec 3rd, 2014 | By

Thursday, September 11, 2014 3:24 pm from the Alice Echo News Journal    The Texas Ranger Service is currently investigating an in-custody death that occurred at the Duval County Jail. Texas Ranger Jeff Rickel was called in by Duval County Investigators to conduct an independent investigation into the death of a Duval County inmate. The



Neglect of people in jail can kill

Sep 14th, 2014 | By
Neglect of people in jail can kill

The numbers of people dying in county jails are adding up in 2014. On October 6th, 37-year-old Iretha Lilly died hours after being tased by a McLennan County deputy; because of many reports to us of jailers failing to respond to a person in a medical crisis, we are asking how long was Ms. Lilly in heart failure before she was taken to the ER? In September saw the tragic death of 18-year-old Victoria Gray in the Brazoria County Jail, after that jail failed to protect her despite knowing of her history. Both of them were pretrial—not yet convicted. (Our list is only of deaths within county jails, not police custody.) Earlier this year, when Courtney Ruth Elmore died in the Brown County Jail, was staff properly trained to watch for respiratory failure? David Grimaldo, 18, a Perryton High School student died just hours after being booked into the Ochiltree County Jail. Sheriff Joe Hataway reported that the teen died of a medical condition—could a quicker response have prevented his death?



Giving a sick inmate the benefit of the doubt can save his life

Apr 27th, 2014 | By
Giving a sick inmate the benefit of the doubt can save his life

Linell Redden lost her beloved husband Robert to the Denton county jail, a place often accused of having poor medical care and indifferent staff. She gives her insightful comments on the 8th anniversary of his death.
“The inmates need to be given the benefit of the doubt when they have a potential life threatening complaint and they should be treated the sameway they’d be treated in any other any doctor’s office. Protocols need to constantly be reviewed and adhered to, and sometimes common sense needs to come into play. Don’t listen to those staff who insinuate inmates are going to the infirmary to do some easy time or because they want to look at a pretty nurse….a person in jail can be sick and if untreated, they can and do die.”



Hank’s family goes to court for justice

Apr 11th, 2014 | By
Hank’s family goes to court for justice

Hank died a terrible, unnecessary death in the Bowie County Jail, which is run by a private prison company with a bad reputation: Community Education Centers. I always suspected the family would have a good case if they decided to sue. Last week, I receieved a noted from Dr. Parks, Hank’s good friend, and then I saw the story in the Washington Times about the federal lawsuit.
His family members and a close friend contacted Texas Jail Project soon after his death in 2012 and gave us all the information as they agonized over his painful death. We encouraged them to write the following bio of his life (On the next page) Their bio is full of rich details and stories of a life well lived, of a man valued by his community, especially the little boys he took fishing. We hope the jail staff reads it and thinks of him every time somebody in their facility is in pain and calling out for help.



Cali & Texas: in step to stop nighttime releases

Jan 27th, 2014 | By
Cali & Texas: in step to stop nighttime releases

A Texas jail may be a model for the newly proposed bill in California to ban the practice of dumping people out of county jails in the dark of night! Texas Jail Project feels some ownership of the idea: in 2011 we supported SB 1014 bill by bringing stories and people to the legislative committees, demonstrating cases of trauma and even death where Texans were released at rural and urban county jails. Senator Whitmire’s support and the grim accounts resulted in Harris County Jail stopping its policy of mass releases at night. This excellent article describes how California Senator Liu’s bill will try to ban their late night releases–a worthy goal in light of the tragic and needless death of Mitrice Richardson, a beautiful young woman released from the Malibu jail in the wee hours and later found dead.



Another death in Gregg County jail

Oct 16th, 2013 | By
Another death in Gregg County jail

Betty Madewell speaks fondly of her son, Bobby. 51-year-old Bobby Madewell, Jr died last March in the Gregg county jail. His family filed a lawsuit against the jail just a few weeks ago. The days are a little longer now for Betty Madewell of Longview, who says she is still mourning the loss of her son, Bobby.”It’s very hard, we miss him dearly. We miss him every day,” she says.



Attorney General orders Bosque County to release information

Oct 14th, 2013 | By
Attorney General orders Bosque County to release information

Bosque County Sheriff Anthony Mallot rejected a legitimate request for information about the death of April Troyn, by dragging out a response for almost four months. The AG’s office told Bosque County that the sheriff could not refuse to answer questions by using the old HIPPA/privacy excuse that is used SO OFTEN by Texas county jails. Especially since the four-page Death in Custody report has no medical information that would come under the federal privacy law.
““The Office of the Attorney General has determined the four-page report and summary must be released to the public…” said Kenneth Leland Conyer, an Assistant Attorney General with the office’s Open Records Division. Read this story from the exciting Watchdog Wire.
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