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True Price Of The Bland Settlement And Black Women's Custodial Deaths In Texas

The Bland family settled their wrongful death civil suit for $1.9 million and a litany of procedural changes to be implemented in the Waller County Jail, where Sandra Bland, 27, was found hanged last summer following a violent arrest for supposedly failing to signal a lane change. Putting aside that arresting ex-trooper Brian Encinia faces only a perjury charge for his role in Bland's death, the procedural changes--which include mandated electronic automated sensors for timely cell checks, additional medical services staff, and education for improved intake screening--will be implemented only in Waller County despite the epidemic custodial death rates for black women across the entire state.
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