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Downtown jail out of compliance

The Bi-State Justice Building

For the second time this year, Bowie county jail has been found out of compliance after the July 6th suicide of 48 year old Michael Rodden who was arrested only three days prior on a drug related offense. The Attorney General's Online database of custody deaths reports 15 suicides in Texas county jails and lockups (not including prisons) in 2019.

For the second time this year, the Texas Commission on Jail Standards has placed Bowie County on its list of noncompliant jails.

The July 6 death of Michael Rodden in the jail located on the fourth floor of the Bi-State Justice Building jail in downtown Texarkana triggered a special inspection. Rodden, 48, allegedly hung himself in his cell with two socks fashioned together and tied to a bolt in the window of his one-man cell, according to a death report submitted to the Texas Attorney General by Bowie County Sheriff's Office.

LaSalle Corrections, a private, for-profit company, manages the jail for Bowie County and has since 2013.

A Texas Commission on Jail Standards report dated Aug. 7 cites a failure by jail personnel to conduct required cell checks in the 12 to 24 hours prior to Rodden being found dead, Texas Commission on Jail Standards Executive Director Brandon Wood said. Face-to-face observations of inmates must be completed at least once every hour. Checks must be performed every 30 minutes in areas where inmates "known to be assaultive, potentially suicidal, mentally ill or who have exhibited bizarre behavior" are housed.


LaRowe, L. 08/16/2019 State: Downtown jail out of complianceTexarkana Gazette.

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