Jail Suicides Up, Says Federal Report

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Two new reports from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) show a notable increase in suicides among inmates of jails and state prisons.

Suicides accounted for 35 percent of jail deaths nationwide in 2014—an increase of 13 percent over  the previous year, the BJS said.

Although the actual numbers were comparatively small (372), the BJS noted the increase was the largest number of jail suicides reported by the Deaths in Custody Reporting Program (DCRP) since it began . . .

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