Young inmate in privately-run Central Texas jail dies

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GROESBECK, Texas (KWTX) The Texas Rangers were called in to investigate the death of a 20-year-old inmate from Hays County who was held in the privately-run Limestone County Detention Center in Groesbeck.

The inmate, whose name was not immediately released, “suffered a medical emergency (Thursday) and we rushed him to the Limestone Medical Center where he died,” Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson said Friday.

"We have no reason to suspect there was any criminal activity,” he said.

“We feel very strongly he suffered from a medical condition.”

The Limestone County Detention Center is county-owned, but run by LaSalle Southwest Corrections.

Since the county contracted with LaSalle two years ago, overflow inmates from other counties have been housed at the center, Wilson said.

“We've been running anywhere between 275 to 300 inmates, but are hoping to get the rest of the center online after needed repairs,” Wilson said.

The detention center can house as many as 1,000 inmates.