More than three times the number of people who suffer from mental illness are being held in jails and prisons these days instead of hospitals, a new study reveals. And a different study shows the number of mentally ill inmates committing suicide has doubled over the past 20 years.
The Erie County Holding Center reported a suicide in December and a suicide attempt in January. Now, Justice Department lawyers are pushing a judge to let them and their suicide-prevention expert into the Holding Center no later than next month.
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.