Recent Data on Suicides and Attempts in PA County Jails

Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 8:19AM

Recent Data on Suicides and Attempts in PA County Jails

From the PA Post:

In Allegheny County, officials might hire an outside consultant to review their policies and procedures for preventing suicide at the local jail.

The move comes after seven suicides in three years at the county jail, the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette reported earlier this month.

Numbers from the state Department of Corrections provide context for the breadth of the problem across Pennsylvania. Figures for the most recent year were released in February.

Over the past four years, county jails reported 81 suicide deaths to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. They also reported an additional 123 deaths— most labeled as “natural.”


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