The Dallas Jail continues to vie for the title of the worst run jail in Texas. Recently, a jury awarded $900,000 to a man who was denied medical care while in custody. Grits has a great breakdown of the verdict.
To make matters worse, Dallas uses this dangerous jail to incarcerate those with outstanding traffic fines. The Dallas city council has chosen to arrest their way to fiscal responsibility. The annual expenditures for kickbacks and corruption must contribute to the need for revenue. To fill the coffers Dallas launched the ill conceived “Operation Pay or Stay” program. The result is that one of the most dangerous jails in Texas, is now being used a debtors prison.
Tarrant County has already had a traffic ticket arrest turn into a death sentence. It is only a matter of time before Dallas experiences a similar tragedy.