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Inmate Commits Suicide at CCA's Henderson Unit

Sad news out of CCA's Henderson Unit last week. From a story in the Longview News-Journal,

HENDERSON — An inmate at Bradshaw State Jail in Henderson was found dead in his cell this past week, a Texas Department of Corrections spokesman said.

Gregory Cole, 30, was discovered hanging by a bed sheet from the light fixture in his cell at about 11 a.m. Jan. 15, said Jason Clark. Jail personnel performed emergency care on Cole, and he was taken to a hospital. He was pronounced dead at 11:30 a.m.

In June 2006, Cole was sentenced to 10 years in state jail for possession and intent to deliver a controlled substance in McLennan County, Clark said. The spokesman did not know where Cole lived.

Of course, after any inmate's death there should be a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy. The article sheds a very small amount of light on the process for a private or public prison in dealing with a suicide.

Clark said investigators with the inspector general's office were notified of the death. He said the inspector general's office always is notified when an inmate dies. A call to the inspector general's office was not returned Tuesday.

The Texas Department of Corrections has more than 155,000 inmates in jails across the state, Clark said. Thirty-two of the department's inmates committed suicide in 2007, and 30 inmates committed suicide in 2006, Clark said.

Clark said he did not know if Cole had been placed on suicide watch.

Bradshaw State Jail is a privately-operated facility owned by Corrections Corporation of America. A spokesperson for the jail did not return a call Tuesday.

We'll keep you updated on any developments in the investigation into this tragic death.

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i would like to know what is going on with the case that was filed i was with greg and he is the father of my son. Please email me

I was a inmate there the whites run this place we gor it all but its ran fucked up I seen a fellow brother get his shoulder broken and they didn't do anything u till finally a guard spoke up this place is fucked up

You say the whites run this pin which I was a inmate in Bradshaw for a year and 4 months. There's for fucking sure NO real threat dominance in a low to medium risk facility to the extent where one puts it down like a punk bitch like they in they feelings. But the main point is even if there was a race dominance where white over ruled in that facility why would you degrade that knowledge with a name like peckerwood? You are a ignorant ass person, if I may say so myself. It's people like you that need day jobs. You niggas that say your wood or your hood for a set and got multiple small charges. Y'all are what turned smart sophisticated people away from the game for the most part. Reason being is there's to many that say they down but can't play the game for shit. Your useless ass niggas. With the constant revenue your setting for there bullshit with all your small mediocre ass fines from your "charges" after so long all you pathetic worthless to the game no mainting pieces of shit are basically supplying them with our money just to have that much more technology so they can catch real CRIMINALS. Not disrespectful wastes of air such as this pitiful fucking society that does nothing but fuck us either way it goes. If your a hustler period, then your in that cat and mouse game and understand and acknowledge that the hustlers are the mice and you have to play the game right or the cat will catch you. It's common fucking sense.