U.S. Sues Dallas County and Sheriff Over Jail Conditions

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DALLAS (AP) - Federal prosecutors say inmates at the Dallas County Jail are at risk of harm because of unsafe jail conditions and a lack of proper health care.

The U.S. Attorney's Office is suing Dallas County and Sheriff Lupe Valdez.

The government says Dallas officials have known about problems at the jail for some time but have failed to adequately address them. Now they want a court to force corrective measures.

Federal officials contend the jail hasn't provided adequate medical and mental health care to inmates.

Requests for comment from a sheriff's spokesman and Dallas County Judge Jim Foster weren't immediately returned.

Earlier this year, county officials approved a nearly $1 million settlement with the families of three mentally ill inmates who were denied medication while in the jail.