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A Prisoner at Cherokee County Jail in Rusk, Texas, Dies of Unknown Causes

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

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On Sunday night, December 10, 2017, a prisoner at the Cherokee County Jail in Rusk, Texas, died. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office made the announcement. According to Sheriff James Campbell, the prisoner was transported to a hospital in Jacksonville, where the official pronouncement of the death was made. It appears to be a fatality resulting from natural causes. However, an autopsy will be performed and an official cause of death will be determined; this process could take several weeks, Campbell said. The death is being investigated by the Texas Rangers, which is standard procedure when a custodial death occurs. The prisoner’s name was not announced because family members had not yet been notified.

Another standard procedure when a custodial death occurs is that the Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) must be notified. TCJS will also conduct an investigation. Documentation and videos will be reviewed, to determine whether mandatory procedures were being followed at the time the incident took place.

An inspection of Cherokee County Jail was conducted on September 27, 2016. As a result, the jail was cited for allegedly failing to complete an intake screening form which involved notification of medical personnel and a magistrate. Intake screenings are considered to be important because they help to determine whether a person may be mentally ill or at risk for committing suicide. Those who give some sort of indication that they may be at risk are observed face-to-face by a jailer every 30 minutes, whereas the general population is observed every hour at most.

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The Custodial Death of Kelli Page in Coryell County Jail is Ruled a Homocide

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

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English: The Courthouse Gatesville, Texas, United States. The courthouse and surrounding historical district were added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 18, 1977. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On October 8, 2017, 46-year-old Kelli Leanne Page died following an altercation with jailers in Coryell County Jail in Gatesville, Texas. On December 6, 2017, news was announced that Ms. Page’s custodial death has been ruled a homicide. According to Coryell County Justice of the Peace Coy Latham, who pronounced Ms. Page dead, no criminal charges have been filed. Texas law states that even if a death is ruled a homicide that happened because of another person’s actions, criminal activity is not necessarily involved. Latham will set a court date for a formal death inquest before Christmas. The inquest will be held in open court, Latham said. In the meantime, investigating entities are allowed to withhold information regarding the custodial death pending an inquest.

On the day of the fatal incident, Ms. Page had begun banging on her cell with a hairbrush and screaming. Officers opened her cell and found that she was combative. They used various means in an attempt to restrain her. Ultimately, they handcuffed her with her hands behind her back. Allegedly, during the altercation, a jailer struck her on her face. She was also struck with a fist. After the handcuffs were on, Ms. Page was turned onto her left side; and detention officers noticed that she wasn’t breathing or moving. She was given CPR and transported to a nearby hospital by Coryell County emergency medical services. A short time later, however, she was pronounced dead.

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A 32-year-old Prisoner Dies in Nueces County Jail, Corpus Christi, Texas

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

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Sherman Building in Corpus Christi Texas. Site is on the National Register of Historic Places. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thirty-two-year-old Gabriel Trevino died at Nueces County Jail in Corpus Christi, Texas at about 1:14 a.m. on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Monica Rios, Nueces County Sheriff’s Office Captain, confirmed the custodial death. There were no signs of trauma, and the prisoner’s cause of death is unknown, according to Investigator Heraldo Pena. Nueces County Sheriff’s Office assistant chief deputy Daniel Perez said Trevino has been at the jail since October 17, 2017. The sheriff’s office also said that an investigation into Trevino’s death is being conducted.

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) always conducts an investigation of a Texas jail after there has been a custodial death. Jail staff is required to inform TCJS within 24 hours anytime a jail death has occurred. TCJS is also to receive a copy of the conclusion of the related autopsy within 10 days of its completion

When TCJS conducts jail inspections, there is an investigation to determine whether required safety measures designed to prevent custodial deaths are being followed. For example, in a Jail Inspection Report dated October 30, 2017, investigators allegedly found that El Paso County Jail in El Paso, Texas, failed to meet a minimum jail standard designed to prevent custodial deaths. The minimum standard allegedly violated was that prisoners who are known to be potentially suicidal, assaultive, mentally ill, or who have demonstrated bizarre behavior are to be checked with a face-to-face observation every 30 minutes. Video and logs at the El Paso County Jail allegedly show that the 30-minute time frame for observations was exceeded by as few as 2 minutes and as many as 11 hours 7 minutes.

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A Former Nurse in the Texarkana, Texas Jail Pleads Guilty to a Prisoner’s Death

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

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On Monday, November 27, 2017, a former nurse at a jail in Texarkana, Texas, pled guilty to misdemeanor negligent homicide in the custodial death of 20-year-old Morgan Angerbauer, who was a prisoner at the Texarkana jail. According to court records, Angerbauer asked the nurse to check her blood sugar, but the nurse allegedly refused. She allegedly said that members of the jail staff were the ones to decide when medical attention was needed. Early the following morning, Angerbauer was discovered unconscious in her cell.

A police affidavit says the nurse said that she was fully aware that Angerbauer’s diabetic situation was severe. Still, she refused to provide treatment and told her that wasn’t how things work. She allegedly said that Angerbauer missed her medical call and would have to wait for the next one.

According to one jail staff member, after Angerbauer was discovered unconscious, the nurse was told to immediately call for emergency services but refused to for more than 30 minutes. When paramedics finally arrived, Angerbauer was dead. The prisoner’s mother claims that she had been lying on the floor of the cell in her own vomit without a blanket and was refused treatment, resulting in her death.

An autopsy was done, and it showed that diabetic ketoacidosis was the cause of death. Diabetic ketoacidosis is a condition that occurs when blood sugar reaches severely high levels.

The nurse had said that she was willing to plead no contest to negligent homicide. The judge in the case refused to accept any plea other than guilty.

It is expected that the former nurse will serve approximately three months in jail. According to Texas Nursing Board records, the woman’s nursing license has been suspended.

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Red River County Jail is Cited by TCJS for 3 Alleged Jail Standards Violations

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

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The Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) released a report on an inspection of Red River County Jail in Clarksville, Texas, on November 13, 2017. TCJS holds Texas jails accountable for failing to comply with minimum jail standards, which are designed to keep prisoners, staff members, and visitors safe.

The following is information about the three alleged violations of jail standards committed at Red River County Jail:

  • It is required that all safety equipment in a jail be maintained, tested, and inspected routinely by a qualified person who ensures that the equipment is at all times secure, safe, and fully operative. According to TCJS inspectors, the smoke detector in a particular female separation cell was not functioning properly. The cell was closed until a new smoke detector could be installed. The system worked as it was designed to in other parts of the jail.
  • Jail personnel are required to be trained for emergency situations immediately upon employment plus each quarter. The training is to include emergency, fire, evacuation drills, and the location and use of equipment. A review of jail documentation showed that several new jailers did not receiving this required training upon employment. In addition, several other jailers had not received the required training in the past quarter.
  • A system of tuberculosis screening of employees, volunteers, and prisoners is required in facilities with a capacity of 100 or more prisoners, and documentation showed that TB testing had not been done on new jailers recently hired.

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Edwards County Jail in Rocksprings, Texas, is Cited for Allegedly Failing to Meet 8 Jail Standards

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

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Edwards County Jail in Rocksprings, Texas, was inspected by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) and a Jail Inspection Report was released on October 23, 2017. The jail was cited by TCJS for allegedly failing to follow eight jail standards. The purpose of those standards is to ensure the safety of prisoners, staff members, and visitors.

The following are among the jail standards Edwards County Jail staff allegedly failed to meet:

  • Jailers have allegedly been failing to notify a magistrate when there is credible information on a screening form that a prisoner may have a mental illness.
  • During the screening process, screening instruments must be fully completed, and part of the purpose is to identify prisoners who have a mental disability or who are at risk for suicide. TCJS inspectors said that jailers are failing to complete the screening forms. The bottom form has consistently been left blank. In addition, a supervisor has not been notified when an inmate has reported as having a traumatic brain injury.
  • A person on the jail staff was working as a jailer, although she had not yet received a temporary jailer’s license.
  • A door to the recreation yard for prisoners housed in multiple occupancy cells works only remotely and cannot be opened with a key, which may be needed in the event of an emergency.

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Smith County Jail, Tyler, Texas, Prisoner Quincy Butler Dies 13 Days After Found Hanging in His Cell

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

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Forty-four-year-old Quincy Butler of New Orleans, Louisiana, was incarcerated at Smith County Jail in Tyler, Texas, when he attempted to commit suicide on November 8, 2017. He was discovered by a detention officer hanging in his cell at about 1:25 p.m. and cut down immediately. Jail staff gave Butler CPR and Emergency Medical Services transported him to a local hospital, where he was placed on life support. He died on November 21, after being removed from life support, which was thirteen days after sustaining injuries from the suicide attempt. An independent investigation into Butler’s death is being conducted by the Texas Rangers. The Southwestern Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas will conduct an autopsy. In addition, the Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) will investigate and conduct an inspection of Smith County Jail, to try to determine whether the jail was following minimum jail standards when the custodial death occurred.

One of the jail standards designed to ensure the welfare of prisoners has to do with required time frames in which to have face-to-face observations of prisoners. In a jail inspection report for Pecos County Jail in Fort Stockton, Texas, released on October 17, 2017, TCJS alleges that a review of documentation revealed that jail staff did not conduct the required 30-minute observations in areas such as where Butler was in, in which prisoners were known to be potentially suicidal, assaultive, mentally ill, or to have demonstrated bizarre behavior.

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The Custodial Death of Juan Cordova-Sanchez in the Texarkana Jail is Under Investigation

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

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Twenty-six-year-old Juan Cordova-Sanchez of Nash, Texas, lost consciousness within minutes of being booked into Bi-State Justice Center in Texarkana, Texas. Cordova-Sanchez was arrested at 1:56 a.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2017. By 2:40 a.m., jailers contacted the Texarkana Police Department to advise them that he was in cardiac arrest and losing consciousness. Cordova-Sanchez was transported to Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana, where he later died. Autopsy results are pending. The Texas Rangers are investigating the custodial death. The Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) will also look into the tragic death by examining jail records and conducting a jail inspection, to determine whether minimum standards were being followed at the time Cordova-Sanchez died.

A possibly related detail preceding the arrest of Cordova-Sanchez is that he had contacted 9-1-1 in the midst of events surrounding the entire police encounter. He said on the emergency call that he may be injured. Nothing further has been reported in this regard.

Jailers have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for prisoners and staff members. Routine inspections are made at Texas jails, and counties are held accountable, if there is evidence that minimum standards are not being met. For instance, in late October a jail inspection report was released about Edwards County Jail in Rocksprings, Texas. Eight items were listed that allege failures to meet minimum jail standards. One details a standard regarding screening of prisoners as they are admitted. It is alleged that a prisoner indicated that he had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and records show that medical personnel were not notified. A supervisor was not informed, either, according to records.

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A Police Officer in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Allegedly Shot and Killed a Man Who Was Trying to Set Himself on Fire

Friday, November 17th, 2017

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On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, police with the Oklahoma City Police Department were called to a scene where a man was said to be suicidal. At the scene, according to Capt. Bo Mathews, 29-year-old Dustin Pigeon had soaked himself in lighter fluid and was attempting to set himself on fire when police arrived. One officer shot Pigeon with a bean bag gun, but it had no effect. A second officer allegedly shot Pigeon, killing him.

Both of the police officers at the scene have been placed on paid leave. This is standard procedure after police-involved shootings.

This incident is reminiscent of another that occurred in Arlington, Texas, on July 10, 2017. Gabriel Olivas had doused himself with gasoline, threatening to set himself on fire. Officers with the Arlington Police Department were called to the scene. When police arrived, Olivas was saturated in gasoline and holding a lighter. A police officer at the scene said Olivas began to be frantic. One of the officers deployed their stun gun in order to try to subdue him. As soon as Olivas was shot with the Taser, he burst into flames. Blankets were used by the officers to put out the flames, and Olivas was pulled to safety through a window of the house. The house practically burned down as a result of the incident. Three officers suffered from smoke inhalation and received medical treatment at a local hospital. According to the family shortly after the incident, Olivas suffered burns on over 80% of his body and was in critical condition. He died four days later.

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A 60-year-old Prisoner at a Sulphur Springs, Texas, is Found Unresponsive and Later Dies

Friday, November 17th, 2017

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In Hopkins County Jail in Sulphur Springs, Texas, 60-year-old Melvin Williams was discovered unresponsive in his cell on Tuesday morning, November 14, 2017. A jailer was delivering breakfast when Williams was found. He was breathing but unresponsive. Williams was taken to CHRISTUS Mother Francis in Sulphur Springs and then transferred to a Tyler hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Sheriff Lewis Tatum of the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department said the cause of death is unknown. He also doesn’t yet know why Williams was transferred to Tyler. As is the case whenever there is a custodial death, Texas Rangers are investigating the death. In addition, the Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) examines records and conducts inspections to determine whether minimum jail standards were being met at the time a custodial death occurred.

The role of TCJS is listed in the Texas Administrative Code. The organization prepares Jail Inspection Reports that reflect areas in which jails allegedly fail to meet minimum jail standards. The following is an example of the types of standards jails must meet.

  • At each facility, there must be an appropriate number of jailers 24 hours per day. Jailers must have face-to-face observations of prisoners every 60 minutes at most. In areas where prisoners have exhibited bizarre behavior or are known to be mentally ill, potentially suicidal, or assaultive, observations are required every 30 minutes or less.

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