Groups Urge Lawmakers to Shutter Privately Run Jail

More than two dozen civil rights, human rights and criminal justice groups sent a letter Thursday to Texas lawmakers calling on them to close a privately run state jail in downtown Dallas, citing what they call a history of poor management and inhumane conditions.

"Recent media accounts of inadequate medical care and a rash of preventable deaths at the Dawson State Jail illustrate problems at this facility," the letter states.

The Corrections Corporation of America runs the Dawson State Jail under a contract with the state. In an emailed statement, the company said that the University of Texas Medical Branch ...

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