When Lindsay Hayes finished studying suicides in jails across the United States back in the 1970s, he was struck by what he found.
Precautions to prevent suicides at Mississippi’s two juvenile training schools are inadequate, according to a report by a monitor appointed to ensure the state makes court-ordered improvements.
The U.S. Department of Justice introduced expert testimony Thursday meant to support its request for a preliminary injunction that, if granted, would lead to a federal court order demanding improved conditions at the L.E. Rader Center.
FOLSOM, Calif. (AP) – Every 30 minutes, day and night, guards walk the tiers of the isolation unit at California State Prison, Sacramento, checking inmates to make sure they don’t kill themselves.
Jail administrators and deputies, shaken by four suicides inside the Jefferson County jail in 2005, took serious steps toward preventing more in 2006.
The State Department of Correction accepts, in principle, the 29 recommendations from a report released this week on suicide prevention in prison. The lack of defensiveness is promising. But the true test will be how quickly the prison system is able to implement the changes.