Problems identified with TX jail where Sandra Bland died

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 6:28 AM

The panel issued its recommendations Tuesday. It says a new jail is needed because the current one is inadequate.

A panel reviewing the jail where Sandra Bland died three days after being taken into custody has called for a major overhaul of its procedures and facilities.

The panel issued its recommendations Tuesday. It says a new jail is needed because the current one is inadequate. The panel also called for improving digital access to information about inmates and purchasing body cameras for staff.

One panelist, Craig Washington, said inmates are "entitled to be treated with dignity and respect."

Bland was a black woman who died latest summer in the Waller County jail three days after being arrested. Authorities ruled it a suicide.

Dashcam video captured a confrontation between Bland and Brian Encinia, the trooper who arrested her. Encinia has been charged with misdemeanor perjury and has pleaded not guilty.

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