A Suicide in Solitary: ‘They Gave Him the Tools to Kill Himself’

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Sue Adams-Jackson

Sue-Adams Jackson with a bag of her husband’s belonging given to her after his death. Photo by Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle.

Texas’ Harris County jail is considered a progressive example of being attentive to mental health needs, with a suicide rate below the national average. But the recent suicides of two inmates point to systemic gaps in how the jail system handles prisoners in solitary confinement . . .

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