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.
The state Department of Correction announced plans to comply completely with the recommendations of an independent study that found serious problems with how prisons handle suicidal inmates.