A Balloon Release to remember the lives of inmates who have died while in custody of the Bi-State Jail in Texarkana is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 8 on the steps of the Bi-State Building at 100 Stateline Avenue.
The family of Morgan Angerbauer has planned a “balloon release” for Sunday, January 8th at 2:00 p.m. on the steps of the Bi-State Jail to honor the memories of inmates that have died while in custody at this jail.
The jail is managed by LaSalle Corrections. LaSalle Corrections currently manages 18 correctional facilities in Louisiana, Texas and Georgia with a total inmate capacity of over 13,000. The family of Angerbauer has a lawsuit currently pending against LaSalle Corrections.
Morgan Angerbauer died in custody of the Bi-State jail on July 1, 2016, just days before her 21st birthday. Morgan, an insulin-dependent diabetic, was arrested June 28 for allegedly violating the terms of her probation for a non-violent drug offense. The cause of death was diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). Licensed vocational nurse, Brittany Johnson, 26, was arrested and charged with negligent homicide in the case. Johnson’s next court appearance is scheduled for February 7, 2017.
The family of wife, family, and friends of Michael Sabbie will also be in attendance for the balloon release. Sabbie also lost his life while in custody of LaSalle Corrections at the Bi-State Jail. Video of the incident leading to Sabbie’s death went viral after being posted by the Huffington Post.
For those wishing to provide more balloons for the event, the chosen colors are green and white.