Sandra Bland: Jail Changes Tough to Implement
Several recommendations issued by a panel investigating the small-town Texas jail where Sandra Bland died could be difficult to implement, including a call to separate sheriff and jail operations, which may run afoul of state law.
Waller County also faces financial hurdles to implementing other panel recommendations, such as hiring medically trained experts to evaluate the mental health of inmates.
County officials have faced criticism for not properly monitoring the 28-year-old Illinois woman, who was detained after a traffic stop by Officer Brian Encinia back in July.
Problems at the jail highlighted in the report released this week are common to many jails across the country, but few have been scrutinized as closely as Waller County’s was after Bland was found hanging from a cell partition, provoking national outrage and drawing the attention of the Black Lives Matter movement.
A medical examiner ruled Bland’s death a suicide, but her family insist that she would not take her own life.