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Bowie County, Texas Jail Fails State Inspection – Prisoner Observation Records Falsified

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The Bowie County, Texas jail recently failed an inspection by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards (“TCJS”).  The jail is now listed as being noncompliant

The TCJS inspector found that there was no documentation to verify that a magistrate was notified when intake of people who were known to be mentally disabled or potentially suicidal occurred.  It is extremely important that Texas county jails use appropriate procedures with inmates who may harm themselves and/or who are mentally disabled.  Texas prisoners have rights pursuant to the United States Constitution to receive appropriate medical care and mental health care.

Further, the TCJS inspector noted that the Bowie County jail had observation logs which falsely indicated a prisoner had been observed every 60 minutes.  The inspector reviewed video evidence and compared it to the false observation logs.  It should go without saying the jailers should not falsely indicate on written or typed logs that observations were done.  It appears that records falsely indicated that eight (8) 60-minute face-to-face observations occurred, prior to a Bowie County inmate being discovered.  We are uncertain as to the identity of the Bowie County, Texas inmate, and whether he or she was seriously ill or injured.

Written By: author image Dean Malone
author image Dean Malone
Dean Malone is the founder of Law Offices of Dean Malone, P.C., a jail neglect civil rights law firm. Mr. Malone earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Texas at Dallas, graduating summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA, and from Baylor University School of Law with a general civil litigation concentration. Mr. Malone served in several staff positions for the Baylor Law Review, including executive editor. Mr. Malone is an experienced trial lawyer, trying a number of cases to jury verdict and also handling arbitrations through final hearing. He heads the jail neglect section of his law firm, in which lawyers litigate cases involving serious injury and death resulting from jail neglect and abuse. Lawyers frequently refer cases to Mr. Malone due to his focus on this very complicated civil rights practice area.