Texas Jail Where Woman Died Admits Breaking Rules

The operators of a Texas jail where a black woman died after she was arrested in a traffic stop have acknowledged violating state rules on guard training and the monitoring of inmates. The Waller County Jail, about 60 miles northwest of Houston, is under investigation in the death of Sandra Bland, a Chicago-area woman whose family disputes authorities' finding that she hanged herself with a plastic garbage bag in her cell. The Texas Commission on Jail Standards last week cited the jail for not providing documents proving that jailers in the past year had undergone training on interacting with inmates who are mentally disabled or potentially suicidal. The citation also showed that jailers fell short by not observing inmates in person at least once every hour.



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