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IA: Inmate commits suicide in mental health care unit

From the article: “The unit officer discovered Mabe hanging with bed sheet around his neck and tied to a wall vent. An emergency was announced and health services staff and additional security staff responded immediately. The sheet was detached and emergency protocols, including CPR, were used.”

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NC: Inmate died after swallowing objects

This makes me super mad.

From the article: “Peyton died March 27 at Central Prison in Raleigh, where he had been cited by prison staff at least 25 times for infractions related to attempts to harm himself. He was in solitary confinement when he died.”

So, this inmate clearly has a mental health issue and a dangerous addiction to swallowing objects, which may or may not be suicide attempts, and the response is to lock him up in solitary confinement?  Yeah, that’ll cure him.  Or not.

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 infractions related to attempts to harm himself. He was in solitary confinement when he died.Read More at: http://www.wlos.com/template/inews_wire/wires.regional.nc/2fee6a61-www.wlos.com.shtml#.UXKYXcopmD4

Peyton died March 27 at Central Prison in Raleigh, where he had been cited by prison staff at least 25 times for infractions related to attempts to harm himself. He was in solitary confinement when he died.Read More at: http://www.wlos.com/template/inews_wire/wires.regional.nc/2fee6a61-www.wlos.com.shtml#.UXKYXcopmD4

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Calif. death row inmate dies in apparent suicide

From the article: “Corrections Lt. Sam Robinson didn’t disclose the exact cause of death, but local media reported Helzer was found hanged. An earlier suicide attempt two years ago had left him blind.”

The article relays that the inmate was given the death penalty due his involvement in an extortion plot that involved the murder of several persons.

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CA: REPORT ON SUICIDES COMPLETED IN THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND REHABILITATION

This report discusses suicides in the CDCR for the first six months of 2012 and provides a state by state comparison of suicide data that is excellent.

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CA: Inmate suicide rate is focus in court fight over California prisons

From the article: “The suicide rate in California prisons last year was 23.72 per 100,000 inmates, an increase over the previous year and a rate substantially higher than the national average of 16 per 100,000 inmates. Most of the 2012 deaths were a result of hangings. These suicide rates and the level of mental health care provided in the prisons are expected to be the subject of furious argument in court later this month as the two sides square off before U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton in Sacramento.

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California suppressed consultant’s report on inmate suicides

From the article: “New court filings reveal that the state suppressed a report from its own consultant warning that California’s prison suicide-watch practices encouraged inmate deaths. Lindsay Hayes, a national expert on suicide prevention in prisons, told corrections officials in 2011 that the state’s system of holding suicidal inmates for days in dim, dirty, airless cells with unsanitized mattresses on the floor was compounding the risk that they would take their own lives.”

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LA: Inmate found dead in OPP allegedly asked for medical help but was refused

From the article: “A mentally ill inmate found dead in his cell had asked for medical help, but did not receive it, according to a new filing in federal court.”

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TX: Gillespie County faces suit over inmate suicide

From the article: “Despite being put in an isolation cell after he was seen tearing up a blanket, the suit says Schroeder, 37, used jail-issued socks to hang himself and died four days later.”

The suit alleges that the inmate exhibited suicidal tendencies during intake screening.

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Blog: Was Israel Keyes the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of Modern Times?

Slate blogpost on Israel Keyes, the serial killer that recently committed suicide in an Alaskan prison.  From the blogpost: “Keyes is a horror-movie villain come to life: akiller who haunts remote areas in search of random prey, and who kills for no reason other than the fun of it. An Alaska Dispatch story last week noted that an expert on serial killing called Keyes “among the top three organizers, thinkers and planners he’d studied.” Indeed, aspiring stranglers would do well to study Keyes’ methods. He killed far away from home, in different police jurisdictions. He had no personal connection to his victims, and acted from no evident motives. During his trips, he would turn off his cell phone and pay with cash in order to avoid leaving a trail. He stashed “murder kits” around the country. (The one found in Alaska included a shovel and Drano, to accelerate the decomposition of a dead body.) He spaced out most of his murders, and left the scenes of the crimes soon after he was finished—after killing Samantha Koenig, he hid her body in a shed and took off on a two-week cruise.”

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NW Pa. state inmate found hanged, coroner says

From the article: “State corrections officials say Cooper was serving a sentence of 22½ to 45 years and had been in the prison system since July 1981. Cooper had been moved to prison in Albion, about 25 miles southwest of Erie, in September 2010.”

After making it through so many years of incarceration, makes you wonder what the trigger was.  Parole board flop?

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