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In this undated file image made from video provided by the Waller County Sheriff's Department, Sandra Bland stands before a desk at Waller County Jail in Hempstead, Texas.
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A panel of outside experts who reviewed the Texas jail where Sandra Bland died has found that the facility needs several improvements, including a new building with more space and a staff that’s better trained to identify mental health issues.

The Waller County Jail in Hempstead, where Bland was found hanging with a plastic garbage bag around her neck, is “not adequate,” said panelist former U.S. Rep. Craig Washington, according to the Associated Press.

Bland had been arrested last summer during a routine traffic stop. The 28-year-old was found dead in her jail cell three days later, sparking protests. A medical examiner ruled her death a suicide.

The panel issued other recommendations in a report released Tuesday, including the use of body cameras and anger-management courses for jailers, and the hiring of medical personnel to screen incoming inmates for mental health issues, the AP reports.


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