Texas Jail Suicide Law

Pretrial detainees in Texas county and city jails and holding facilities have a right, pursuant to the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, to receive reasonable medical care.  This right requires the city or county overseeing the jail to have in place appropriate policies to assure that such medical care is provided. 

This constitutional right also requires Texas jailers, police officers, and others acting as public servants individually to provide such medical care.  There is also a constitutional duty under the 14th Amendment for such persons to protect an inmate from his or her suicidal tendencies and/or other tendencies to hurt himself or herself. 

If a Texas jailer or jail either is deliberately indifferent to or acts in an objectively unreasonable manner regarding a jail inmate’s tendency to hurt and/or kill himself or herself, jailers and others, including the city or county running the jail, can be liable for civil rights violations pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983.  They may also be liable to the inmate and/or family members, depending on whether the inmate is deceased, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or the Rehabilitation Act. 


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