Jailhouse Suicides

Jailhouse Suicides

Why are inmates at Massachusetts county jails killing themselves at such high numbers?

Another Bristol County jail suicide sparks concern

Bristol County officials are investigating the apparent suicide of a 47-year-old inmate at the county jail in North Dartmouth, prompting renewed criticism of the jail’s...

How Hampden County Is Working To Prevent Inmate Suicides

As county jails in Massachusetts see increasing numbers of inmate suicides, critics are calling for more state oversight of county sheriffs who run the...

County Jails Have Turned Into Psychiatric Hospitals, Sheriffs Say

In many county jails in Massachusetts, more than half the inmates struggle with some form of mental illness. County sheriffs say their jails have...

Why Is The Suicide Rate In Bristol County Jails So High?

As the number of suicides in county jails continues to rise, one county is playing an outsized role: Bristol. There are 13 counties in the...

Suicides in County Jails Are All Too Common

You don’t land in county jail with a death sentence. The maximum stretch is 2 ½ years. But for inmates locked up in county-run...

Behind the Wall: Suicides Mount in Massachusetts County Jails

Kevin O’Loughlin is wrestling with the Massachusetts attorney general’s office for compensation under a 2004 law that grants damages for the wrongly convicted.