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Why are inmates at Massachusetts county jails killing themselves at such high numbers?

Middlesex jail steps up suicide-prevention efforts

by K. Sophie Will The Middlesex county jail in Billerica is boosting its efforts to prevent inmate suicides, after three inmates have taken their own...

AG wants investigation of Bristol sheriff

Attorney General Maura Healey is calling for an investigation into the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office, citing concerns about suicides and allegations of “harsh or...

Suicides on the rise at Massachusetts prisons, jails

Fourteen inmates died by suicide in Massachusetts prisons and jails in 2017, the highest such number of deaths since 2014, according to state and...

Bristol County report on suicide deaths leaves out key details

Nine months ago Kellie Pearson was driving in Fall River when she got a frantic call from her daughter telling her to call the...

Lawsuits add up over Bristol County jail inmate suicides

Barbara Kice wants justice for her son, who hanged himself in 2015 in the Bristol County House of Correction. The jail, all by itself,...

Lawsuit cites NECIR findings on jail suicides

Three mentally ill inmates sued the Bristol County Sheriff's Office for mistreatment, citing an investigation by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting that...

Sheriff Office sued for alleged prisoner mistreatment

Three inmates with mental illnesses filed a lawsuit against staff at the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office this week alleging they were treated to “extremely...

Another Bristol County jail suicide sparks concern

Bristol County officials are investigating the apparent suicide of a 47-year-old inmate at the county jail in North Dartmouth, prompting renewed criticism of the jail’s...

How Hampden County Is Working To Prevent Inmate Suicides

As county jails in Massachusetts see increasing numbers of inmate suicides, critics are calling for more state oversight of county sheriffs who run the...