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U.S. report details jail's fatal risks

Dallas Morning News, Dec. 13, 2006 http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-jailreport_13met.ART.North.Edition1.3e08515.html By Kevin Krause Conditions in the Dallas County Jail are so dangerous, they have contributed to the death and injury of numerous inmates and placed others at "risk of serious harm," a U.S. Department of Justice report has concluded. The fact that problems persist at the troubled jail system – the nation's seventh largest – is not new. State inspectors have given the jail a failing grade four times in a row, and a consultant hired by the county warned early last year of its dangerously inadequate health care. But for the first time, a report has documented multiple incidents of inmates with serious health problems dying or becoming maimed or disabled after failing to receive prompt or adequate medical care. The report paints a disturbing portrait of the jail as a place where indifference to human suffering is common.



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