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    Texas law has no effect on jailhouse suicides

    Ambitious Texas law fails to make dent in jailhouse suicides

    In a county jail in central Texas, an inmate on suicide watch begins strangling himself with a phone cord. The guard watching him does not rush in because of security rules that prohibit him from going into a cell alone, leading to an agonizing 10-minute wait before another staffer arrives to provide backup.

    Derrek Monroe, who died the next day in a hospital, was among the first of 48 jail suicides since the 2017 launch of a sweeping Texas law aimed at reducing such deaths through better screening and monitoring. That law hasn’t made a dent in the number of suicides, and experts blame its failure to address one of the most significant factors: the lack of staff to watch troubled inmates.
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    Being sentenced to commit suicide might not be a bad idea for many criminals. Give them the option of towels, phone cords, etc. Save on court costs.

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    Re: Texas law has no effect on jailhouse suicides

    Quote Originally Posted by JacksinPA View Post
    Ambitious Texas law fails to make dent in jailhouse suicides

    In a county jail in central Texas, an inmate on suicide watch begins strangling himself with a phone cord. The guard watching him does not rush in because of security rules that prohibit him from going into a cell alone, leading to an agonizing 10-minute wait before another staffer arrives to provide backup.

    Derrek Monroe, who died the next day in a hospital, was among the first of 48 jail suicides since the 2017 launch of a sweeping Texas law aimed at reducing such deaths through better screening and monitoring. That law hasn’t made a dent in the number of suicides, and experts blame its failure to address one of the most significant factors: the lack of staff to watch troubled inmates.
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    Being sentenced to commit suicide might not be a bad idea for many criminals. Give them the option of towels, phone cords, etc. Save on court costs.

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    Rest assured that "a 10-minute wait" is not uncommon for an LEO backup response outside of jail/prison facilities in Texas. Protecting folks from themselves while in custody would seem to rate lower on the list of state and local LEO priorities than protecting folks not in custody from the potentially lethal actions of others.
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