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Deadly Doctor at Wichita Falls Jail

Jun 29th, 2011 | By

Via Time Record News By Kenneth Fibbe, 6/25/11 The widow of a man who died in the Wichita County Jail called the jail’s treatment of her husband “cruel and unusual” and is suing Wichita County, Wichita County Sheriff David Duke and jail-contracted physician Dr. Daniel Bolin for not giving her husband the medical attention she



Another Person Dies on Gregg County “Death Row”

Jun 9th, 2011 | By
Another Person Dies on Gregg County “Death Row”

An otherwise excellent story from the Texas Tribune startled us with the headline: “Another Methadone Addict Dead in Longivew”.

Must we highlight the young man’s addiction, reducing his life to the tragic fact of an addiction—something that thousands if not millions of us deal with?



Schizophrenic Man Was Jailed for a Year

Feb 6th, 2011 | By

A severely schizophrenic man held in the Dallas County Jail for nearly a year was released Tuesday to a mental institution.
Nicholas Sauve was arrested for shoving his mother last June. He was sentenced in September to 45 days in jail for a mental evaluation and five years of probation. Time and again, he was slated for release, but he never got beyond his cell in the jail’s north tower.



News on the Death of Amy Cowling: Gregg County Jail Ignored her Seizures

Jan 4th, 2011 | By

A preliminary report reveals shocking treatment of Amy; Robyn Claridy’s excellent story begins with these 2 chilling paragraphs: A Gregg County inmate found unresponsive in a jail separation cell was discovered kneeling in a praying position beside her bed before being removed and declared dead a short time later. Amy Lynn Cowling, 33, of Gilmer



Captain says: He Should Not be in Jail

Nov 28th, 2010 | By

http://lubbockonline.com/local-news/2010-09-26/mentally-ill-languish-justice-system By LOGAN G. CARVER, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, September 26, 2010 – 6:01am (THE INMATE IN THIS STORY WILL BE REFERRED TO ONLY AS ROBERT.) Robert presses his face against the feces-smeared window in his jail cell as he alternates between song and inscrutable vocalization. Bits of fecal matter cling to his dirty hair, yet he



Robert Jones Redden, never to be forgotten

Nov 14th, 2010 | By
Robert Jones Redden, never to be forgotten

Linell describes the way the Denton County infirmary treated someone with a known heart condition and someone who repeatedly asked for help. “On his fifth visit to the infirmary, he had to be taken in a wheel chair as he was dizzy, arms tingling and was very weak. Diagnosed with a panic attack and given a Benadryl, but collapsed in front of the medic on duty. Revived in the jail and taken to Denton County Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.” Nobody notified her are his parents for hours.



Mistakes and Lies: Torrey Smith, 31, Dies In Hays County Jail

Nov 4th, 2010 | By

SAN MARCOS — Torrey Lamar Smith had fallen behind on paying fines related to a 2006 felony, and on Dec. 2, 2008, after officials issued a warrant for his arrest, Smith turned himself in at the Hays County Jail . He would never check out of the jail. Five days later, the 31-year-old father of



In Potter County: Michael Dick’s Parents Sue the Jail

Oct 16th, 2010 | By

The parents of Michael Dick today filed a lawsuit against Potter County, several jailers and medical staff claiming they’re responsible for their son’s death while he was incarcerated last year. They claim their son, who was 33 at the time of his death, was denied proper medical care.



A Look Into the Montgomery County Jail

Jun 1st, 2010 | By

In 2006, Law and Order Magazine recognized the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office as the “best dressed” sheriff’s office in the nation. As Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel says, “We utilize a number of different uniforms here for a variety of duties, so it’s important to have a uniform that is comfortable and functional” (Law and Order,



Bexar County Jail Suicides: Record Numbers in 2009

Jan 20th, 2010 | By

In the early evening of March 31, 2009, San Antonio author, one-time Green Party candidate, and animal lover Harlan McVea opened a packet of mustard and began to write his suicide note. He was beginning a familiar descent into the hellish chills, cramping, and nausea of drug withdrawal. Though he preferred methadone, which he bought from friends in various drug-treatment programs, the 31-year-old McVea had been unable to score the previous week.