AP IMPACT: NYC jails neglected suicide precautions

JAKE PEARSON
June 27, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Documents on the 11 suicides in New York City jails since 2009 show that in most cases, safeguards designed to prevent inmates from harming themselves weren't followed.

The city and state investigative documents were obtained by The Associated Press via public records requests. They show that breakdowns occurred in at least nine of those cases.

In one case, a mentally ill inmate hanged himself from a shower pipe on his third try in three days. Orders that he be put on 24-hour suicide watch were never carried out.

The city Correction Department says it is taking more steps to prevent suicides, such as increasing communication between mental health workers and jail guards.