Craigslist Suspect Death In Boston Raises Questions On Jail Suicides


The apparent suicide yesterday in a Boston jail of Philip Markoff, accused in the “Craigslist killing” of a masseuse in an upscale hotel, comes at a time of increasing scrutiny on suicides in Massachusetts prisons and occurred just weeks after the federal immigration agency faulted Suffolk County jail officials on their failure to properly care for an immigrant detainee who died, the Boston Globe reports.

The death of an inmate who had been placed on suicide watch last year because of a previous attempt to kill himself is expected to raise questions about precautions taken by Suffolk County jail officials. They refused to release details of Markoff's death or to say how frequently they were monitoring him, but they did say he was not on suicide watch at the time of his death. It was at least the third suicide at a Suffolk County jail since 2003, but a specialist in prison suicide prevention said that the jail system has historically had a fairly good record on suicides.

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