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Family of woman who died in Texas jail settles lawsuit

Posted September 15, 2016 10:57 a.m. EDT

Sandra Bland

— The family of Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old woman who was found dead in a Texas jail last year, has reached a $1.9 million settlement with the Waller County Sheriff's Office, according to the family attorney.

In addition to the compensation, the settlement calls for changes to jail procedures, such as the installation of automated sensors to ensure accurate and timely cell checks and having a nurse at the jail around the clock.

The Waller County jail also will seek state legislation for more funding to improve booking, screening and training at the jail.

Bland was arrested during a traffic stop on July 10 and was found dead in a jail cell three days later.