Special Report Continues On Restraint Deaths In Texas
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 22, 2003
AUSTIN, TEXAS--Over the past three and a half years, Inclusion Daily Express has brought to readers several stories on restraint related injuries and deaths in Texas institutions and treatment facilities. There have been at least 44 such deaths documented in the state since 1988.
Of particular concern is the "prone restraint", in which a person is held face-down on the stomach or chest. Deaths have occurred in this position because the person's breathing and circulation is restricted, a condition known as "positional asphyxia".
The prone restraint is banned entirely in three states. Prison officials in Texas consider the restraint so dangerous that they prohibit guards from using the technique on even the most violent inmates.
Some advocates worry that even if strong legislation were passed to stop prone restraints on people with disabilities, the rules would not be adequately enforced.
The Austin American-Statesman has posted a special report entitled "Death by Restraint" for the last several months. It added these five new articles Sunday.
"When discipline turns fatal"
"Competing theories explain teen's restraint-related death"
"A Texas toll: deaths attributed to restraints"
"Federal study found restraints lack sufficient regulation"
"Where troubled children can help themselves"