AP investigation: Many U.S. jails fail to stop inmate suicides

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  • ottocrat , UT
    June 18, 2019 10:46 a.m.

    If a person wants to end their own life, they should absolutely be allowed to do so, the state has no legitimate interest there. For a lot of these people, their life is essentially over anyway. That said; it is abundantly clear that our citizenry and society views prisoners and inmates as less than human. The prevailing sentiment and societal norm is to treat them as beasts; at the lowest possible price, whatever the cost. Don't drop the soap.

  • Diligent Dave Logan, UT
    June 18, 2019 2:19 a.m.

    My wife works at a county jail. She has served as what they used to call a clerk. She said that part of the problem in this area sometimes are insensitive personnel (deputies who check on inmates & clerks). Some (much more than others), are overly demeaning to inmates. But also, the mental health help isn't always adequate. Often jails have difficulty getting hospitals to respond or assist them (& I don't know if reimbursements to hospitals by jails are adequate, or not).

    But in 2 years in working where she has, she often tells of some inmates, often women, who she thinks should be getting mental health help, for whatever reasons, don't. They are just left in jail.

    The problem is hard. Getting & keeping deputies & clerks working in jails is a challenge. Rising costs for these employees push them to seek better pay where they can get them. And jails & counties don't (can't?) always keep up. Sometimes they're perennially shorthanded a bit. Budgets constrain, while inmate numbers continue to rise. More booze, drugs, lead to these problems. There is no ideal world solution always. Jail employees work 12 hr shifts, where she's at. Those are long hours. Don't know how to fix always!

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    June 17, 2019 11:51 p.m.

    They needed affordable mental health treatment long before they ended up in jail.