Sunday, December 09, 2007

BREAKDOWN: The Prison Suicide Crisis. Part 1

Advisory: SHaRC cannot confirm the veracity of this series. Reader beware.

Inmates at risk

With 15 suicides in three years, inmates have taken their own lives in Massachusetts prisons at roughly triple the national rate for state prisons. And hundreds more inmates are hurting themselves and attempting suicide. A Globe Spotlight Team investigation found that most of the deaths came after careless errors and deadly decisions by Department of Correction officials and health staff, at times when inmates were obviously at risk.

Photo essay Amid trail of errors in prisons, families left with questions

Photos Jarred Aranda, comforts long forgotten

Notes Read some inmates' last words

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