Texas jail to change policies after settlement is reached in wrongful death lawsuit

A settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit that requires a Texas county jail to make changes to its policies.

n Tuesday a settlement was reached between Potter County and a Texas family in the wrongful death lawsuit brought over the death of an inmate. Potter County will pay the family $400,000 and must make specific revisions to its policies relating to mentally and physically ill inmates.

The lawsuit was brought by the family of deceased inmate Michael Dick. In their wrongful death suit, Dick’s parents alleged that Potter County jail staff members ignored signs of Dick’s physical distress, ultimately causing his death.

We detailed the Dick family’s wrongful death lawsuit in a July blog post.

In the settlement, Potter County admitted no wrongdoing, but did agree to make the following modifications to its jail policies:

  • All officers must now undergo crisis intervention training for those with mental illnesses.
  • Lines of communication between jailers and mental health caretakers and medical workers will be improved.
  • Cell checks will now be electronically recorded and verified.

For more on this story, click here for the complete article from the Amarillo Globe-News.

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