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Collingsworth County Jail in Wellington, Texas, Allegedly Fails to Meet 2 Minimum Jail Standards

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

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The Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) recently concluded an inspection and Jail Inspection Report for Collingsworth County Jail in Wellington, Texas. The report was released on September 19, 2017, and revealed two alleged violations of minimum jail standards. On the day of the inspection, it was discovered that the last time there was a Fire Marshal inspection was allegedly on January 8, 2016.  This was well past the one-year mark and a direct violation of minimum jail standards, which require annual inspections by a local fire official. Inspectors also found that the last Health Inspection was allegedly conducted in February 2016, which was also well past the one-year mark. Minimum jail standards require that food preparation areas be inspected at least annually by health authorities.

It’s not difficult to see the importance of these types of requirements. If a fire were to break out or something was wrong with the food, inmates could be harmed. Being incarcerated should not subject individuals to unsafe environments.

When custodial deaths occur, investigations are done to determine whether there was any negligence on the part of jail staff that led to the fatality. One example is the jail suicide of Eugene Ethridge Jr. He died in November 2015, after hanging himself from a bed sheet in a jail cell in Fort Bend County, Texas. The family has sued Fort Bend County and some of its employees in connection with his death. They claim that the jail personnel failed to make cell checks at the required intervals. Failure to make routine checks on inmates is often associated with custodial deaths; and they always show the importance of maintaining jail standards, which are designed to keep inmates and staff members safe.

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Fort Bend County is Sued by the Family of Eugene Ethridge Jr., who Allegedly Committed Suicide in the County Jail

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

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English: The Fort Bend County Courthouse located at 29.5816° -95.7617°, Richmond, Texas, United States. The Classical Revival style building was dedicated in 1909. The Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 13, 1980. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In November 2015, 33-year-old Eugene Ethridge Jr. was discovered hanging from a bed sheet in a Fort Bend County, Texas, jail cell. In news released on September 19, 2017, Ethridge’s family is suing in a federal court. Eugene Ethridge Sr., the father, and four minor children allege that Fort Bend County and its employees are responsible for acts or inaction that led to the wrongful death of their loved one.

There were allegedly several major warning signals that changes were needed at Fort Bend County Jail, just prior to the November 2015 custodial death of Ethridge. Two months prior, another inmate allegedly committed suicide in the county jail. In addition, a mere three weeks prior, Fort Bend County had been warned that the jail was at risk for being found noncompliant with state law. Allegedly, Fort Bend County jail staff failed to regularly check cells at required intervals on the very day when the September 2015 inmate suicide occurred.

The family claims that Ethridge, who was incarcerated on a charge of driving while intoxicated, died because the jail was lax about making inmate checks. As a result, his children were deprived of their father. They also allege that Ethridge was deprived of adequate supervision due to deliberate indifference. According to the family, no effort was made to inform employees that there was a need to be compliant about cell checks.

The Fort Bend County Jail was found by the state’s jail commission to be noncompliant, as far as basic standards, two days after Ethridge’s death. By December 21, 2015, however, it was declared compliant and has remained that way, according to Texas Commission on Jail Standards Executive Director Brandon Wood.

An alarming statistic is that four suicides have occurred in the past five years at Fort Bend County Jail, according to Wood.

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