Tuesday, April 04, 2006

WI prison suicides 2x national number

Suicides in Wisconsin prisons average nearly twice the national number, and more than half of prison suicides in the state happen in single cells where inmates are kept apart from others, according to a recent report. … More suicides probably occur in solitary confinement and other single-cell "segregated settings" because officials place mentally ill people there at twice the rate of other inmates, [Department of Corrections mental health director Kevin] Kallas said.

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