Suicide spike focuses oversight of California women's prison

Aug 1, 2015 12:14 PM

A spike in suicides and attempted suicides is prompting corrections officials to step up oversight at a women's prison as inspectors try to pinpoint what is causing women to kill themselves at such a startling rate.

Four women killed themselves at California Institution for Women in San Bernardino County in the last 18 months.

The suicide rate at the facility is more than eight times higher than the national rate for female inmates and more than five times the rate for the California prison system.

It's a shocking turnaround at a facility praised last year for providing proper mental health treatment for inmates.

Corrections officials say they aren't doing anything wrong.

The state's inspector general is trying to find out what's causing the surge.


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