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Suicides in state, federal prisons increasing

Feb 13, 2023 12:56 pm

Melissa Manno reports in the Times Union that there were at least 90 inmate suicides at state prisons and local jails between 2016 and 2021. During that time, two of those suicides were hangings at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility, and another was a hanging at the Greene County Jail. Manno writes that, "A common thread emerging from the fatal incidents is a pattern of inadequate mental health services and shoddy supervision that preceded the deaths." Most suicides were inmates convicted of violent crimes. But the second largest group, at 27 percent, were inmates awaiting trial, who had not yet been convicted of a crime. And 36 percent of the suicides in New York jails and prisons was among 25-to-34-year-olds. And suicides in prison are increasing. From 2001 to 2019, the number of suicides went up by 85 percent in state prisons, 61 percent in federal prisons, and 13 percent in local jails, according to Bureau of Justice Statistics data from the U.S. Justice Department. Read the full story in the Times Union.

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