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Family sues CEC over son's death in Texarkana jail

The family of a man who died of cancer in a Community Education Centers jail has sued the company, jail officials, and the county that contracted for the jail space, according to an article in the Texarkana Gazette ("Woman says son died of cancer after being denied medical treatment," March 21):

The mother of a Texarkana man accuses Bowie County officials of causing her son’s death from cancer in 2006 by denying him medical treatment in jail.
A federal lawsuit filed by Miller County resident Carolyn Beal names Bowie County Sheriff James Prince, County Judge James Carlow and Civigenics, the private company that manages the Bowie County jail, as defendants.
“We just want our day in court,” said Beal’s attorney, Thomas Johnson of Texarkana. “Imagine if your family member was being held in jail with a life-threatening medical condition and denied treatment.

We'll keep you posted on developments in this case.