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Guadalupe Leyva, one of three jailed to death in Ector County

Aug 22nd, 2013 | By
Guadalupe Leyva, one of three jailed to death in Ector County

Do jailers in Ector County view the inmates as human beings? It wouldn’t seem so, by the way they treat them. Texas Jail Project wonders if they have any sense that they are responsible for the lives of people loved and cherished by family members. Like Guadulpe Dominguez Leyva, who died in Ector County Jail in 2011. The lawsuit has been filed and it reveals that her husband and family knew that the 45 year old woman needed help for her serious mental disorders and agonizing physical pain. Her daughter contacted the Ector County Detention Center some 20 times to complain about her mother’s health, and was ignored, like many other family members in Texas–in Brazoria and Gregg and Nueces and Montgomery counties. In that same year, 32-year-old Juan Carrasco suffered a seizure while being booked into the Ector County Detention Center hitting his head on the concrete floor, and they took him to the hospital but his family was not notified until almost 12 hours after he arrived at the hospital. Did officers ever think how important Carrasco was to his family? Carrasco died after being taken off life-support on his 33rd birthday.
Now another inmate has died. John Douglas Turner died in his cell this month. His friend said he has been begging for relief from an infected tooth for months. Just another complaining inmate, right? Complaining until he died at 36 years of age.



Jailers in Ector County Go to Jail–Federal, That Is

Jun 16th, 2013 | By

KRISTV ODESSA, Texas — Seven ex-jail guards from West Texas have been sentenced to federal prison for taking bribes from prisoners. An eighth former guard received three years of probation. The formers jailers were arrested and indicted in January. They all worked for Community Education Centers, which operates a prison at the Ector County Courthouse