Feds End Supervision Of Dallas County’s Jail

DALLAS (AP) – A federal judge has ended court ordered agreement that had called for Dallas County’s jail to be monitored by the U.S. Justice Department because of a lack of adequate medical and mental health care at the facility that resulted in inmate injuries and deaths.

The Justice Department announced Thursday its supervision of the jail has concluded after various improvements were made at the facility.

The improvements include a 45 percent reduction in jail deaths, a nearly doubling of staffing levels in all medical disciplines and health screenings for all inmates upon arrival and then on a yearly basis.

The jail had been under the Justice Department’s supervision since 2007.

Dallas County Jail is the seventh largest jail in the U.S., with more than 6,300 inmates on a daily basis.

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