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Company operating Bi-State jail found out of compliance after March inmate death

Franklin Greathouse and Michael Rodden

Another jail (for-profit one!) with a pattern of negligence leading to preventable deaths. "After reviewing video evidence in conjunction with self-reporting by facility administration, it was determined that eight, 60-minute, face-to-face observations, prior to the inmate being discovered, did not occur, even though the rounds were documented at least every 60 minutes on the observation logs," the April Jail Commission inspection report states.

A special inspection conducted after an in-custody death at the Bi-State Justice Building jail in March found LaSalle Corrections out of compliance with inmate check record-keeping, according to documents.

Following the March 11 jail death of Franklin Greathouse, 59, the Texas Commission on Jail Standards conducted a special inspection.

A report dated April 16 found the jail out of compliance with state law and specifically referred to cell checks. The report notes that while all cell checks were documented as having been done, a comparison of the paperwork to surveillance footage showed otherwise.

"After reviewing video evidence in conjunction with self-reporting by facility administration, it was determined that eight, 60-minute, face-to-face observations, prior to the inmate being discovered, did not occur, even though the rounds were documented at least every 60 minutes on the observation logs," the April inspection report states.

LaSalle, which has contracted with Bowie County, Texas, to operate the jail since 2013, did not respond to a request for comment.

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LaRowe, L. 07/17/2019 Company operating Bi-State jail found out of compliance after March inmate deathTexakana Gazette.

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