A Look At The Systems In Place To Prevent Deaths By Suicide In Prisons

Systems in place in jails and prisons are supposed to prevent inmates from taking their own lives, but there are lapses.

State Police and the state Department of Correction are investigating the apparent suicide of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez. The DOC says Hernandez hanged himself early Wednesday morning in his cell.

Report: Rash of Suicides at D.C. Jail Points to Deep Problem With Inmates’ Mental Health Care

Health providers and corrections officers at the D.C. jail are poorly trained to identify potentially suicidal inmates, take shortcuts in assessing and monitoring their mental conditions, and in some cases leave inmates naked and in isolation for days, according to a highly critical report released Thursday.

The report comes after four suicides in less than 12 months at the District’s Central Detention Facility, where the suicide rate catapulted to three times the national average, jail officials said.