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Family of Inmate Who Died in a Texas Jail Receives Historic $7M Settlement

The estate of a woman who died in a Texarkana jail has been paid $7 million to settle its legal claims against LaSalle Corrections and other defendants.

The settlement paid to the family of Holly Barlow-Austin, 47, is the largest known jail death settlement in Texas history and among the largest settlements ever reached nationwide in a civil rights case involving the wrongful death of an inmate, said attorney Erik Heipt of the Seattle, Washington, civil rights law firm Budge & Heipt.

Barlow-Austin died June 2019 after being subjected to medical neglect in the jail, which was operated by LaSalle Corrections at the time. LaSalle no longer operates the jail.

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