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Kaufman County Special Non-Compliance Report

Jail Name
Kaufman County Special 
Report Date
Wendy Wisneski 
Original Report
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TJP Commentary
A North Texas law firm reports that the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department filed a custodial death report with Ken Paxton, Attorney General of Texas, regarding the death of Elmer Dale Barrett. Mr. Barrett was 70 years of age at the time of his death. TJP's co-founder, Krish Gundu, worked closely with the loved ones of Mr. Barrett to get answers on his death. That case is still being followed and investigated by Ms. Gundu. Mr. Barrett was arrested for an alleged federal offense. Regardless of his status as a federal prisoner, the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department still had custody. The AG's custodial death report provides very little information in the summary. The summary indicates that Mr. Barrett was found unresponsive. Jail medical personnel responded, and EMS was called to the jail. Mr. Barrett was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased at 3:31 a.m. on May 19, 2019. The Texas Rangers conducted an investigation into Mr. Barrett’s death. Interestingly, the Texas Commission on Jail Standards issued a special inspection report on June 26, 2019. The report is regarding a Kaufman County jail prisoner. While the report does not list a prisoner to which the report relates, it appears the report likely relates to Mr. Barrett. Read more here.
Violation Types
  • Procedural failures for medical -
  • ● Death in Custody -

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