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

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...

Behind the Wall: Suicides Mount in Massachusetts County Jails

Kevin O’Loughlin is wrestling with the Massachusetts attorney general’s office for compensation under a 2004 law that grants damages for the wrongly convicted.

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 in County Jails Are All Too Common

You don’t land in county jail with a death sentence. The maximum stretch is 2 ½ years. But for inmates locked up in county-run...

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...

Why Is The Suicide Rate In Bristol County Jails So High?

As the number of suicides in county jails continues to rise, one county is playing an outsized role: Bristol. There are 13 counties in the...

Update: Jail suicides drop in Massachusetts after years of increases

by Chris Burrell and Hannah Schoenbaum The number of inmate suicides in Massachusetts’ county jails dropped to three last year — the lowest tally since...

County Jails Have Turned Into Psychiatric Hospitals, Sheriffs Say

In many county jails in Massachusetts, more than half the inmates struggle with some form of mental illness. County sheriffs say their jails have...

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...

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