East Texas jail sued by family of dead inmate

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Associated Press

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 7 at 4:02 PM

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — The family of a man who died in custody in a Texarkana jail is suing the private company that operates the facility.

The Texarkana Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/Osvaht ) that the sister and two daughters of James Hankins have filed a lawsuit in federal court against Community Education Centers, which is contracted to run the Bowie County Jail.

According to the lawsuit, Hankins was found dead in his cell in August 2012 due to what was found to be a ruptured stomach ulcer.

The lawsuit claims Hankins complained of bleeding stomach ulcers days before his death and appeared to be in extreme pain during a visit, but jail authorities disregarded the request.

A spokesman for Community Education Centers declined to comment.

No court date has been scheduled.

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Information from: Texarkana Gazette, http://www.texarkanagazette.com

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