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Man dies in Bowie County Jail, Family sues CEC

The sister and daughters of a man who died in Texarkana's Bowie County Jail are suing Community Education Centers (CEC), the private prison company that operates the facility. 

According to The Eagle, the family of James Hankins has filed a lawsuit. Hankins was allegedly found dead in his cell in August 2012. His cause of death is reported to be a ruptured stomach ulcer. 

According to the lawsuit, Hankins had complained of stomach ulcers just days before his death, and showed signs of physical distress during a vist. Regardless of these symptoms, the facility's personnel ignored Hankins' complaints. 

CEC representatives could not be reached for comment. 

Mr. Hankins is not the first prisoner to die of negligence while in CEC's custody. In 2010, a woman sued CEC after her son was allegedly denied medical care and died of cancer as a result. 

Update 4/17: We hadn't seen this before, but check out the tribute to James "Hank" Hankins on the Texas Jail Project's website.