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.
The suicide of Ariel Castro — who blamed his female victims and addiction to pornography for his shocking crimes — was “not surprising and perhaps inevitable,” two consultants hired by the state said.
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.
Bexar jail works to keep suicide rates low by implementing recommendations by Lindsay Hayes, national suicide prevention expert.
Lindsay Hayes, National Jail Suicide Expert Releases Report on Memphis Juvenile Jail recommending immediate and long-term steps to prevent suicide prevention in custody.