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Hundreds of Preventable Deaths In Texas County Jails

Nov 14th, 2010 | Category: About TJP, Medical care

by Brandi Grissom | 11/14/10
Click on the link for this important story that includes mention of the Texas Jail Project and quotes by our director:
http://www.texastribune.org/texas-state-agencies/state-commission-on-jail-standards/hundreds-die-of-illnesses-in-county-jails/
The New York Times ran this story as well.

More than 280 inmates in county jails died from illnesses while in custody over a four-and-a-half period, according to data provided by the Texas attorney general and analyzed by The Texas Tribune. Many died of heart conditions, some of cancer or liver and kidney problems and others of afflictions ranging from AIDS to seizure disorders and pneumonia. There are no state standards for health care in county jails, but criminal justice advocates and correctional facility experts say the large number of illness-related deaths prove they’re needed.

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