High Rate Of Prison Suicides In Georgia Draws Concerns

Sep 24, 2019

When Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide last month in a New York Corrections Facility, questions about the state of mental healthcare in America’s prisons briefly dominated the national news.

But suicides in jails and prisons are becoming more and more commonplace – especially in Georgia.  The state has one of the highest rates of inmate suicide in the nation, nearly double the national average.

Atlanta-based freelance reporter Max Blau dug into those numbers for his report for the Macon Telegraph last month. He spoke to state officials, family members, and combed through public records data to uncover how – and why – Georgia inmate suicides are on the rise.

He joined On Second Thought to discuss what he found, from the history behind Supreme Court cases meant to guarantee medical care for prisons, to how upcoming budget cuts may affect the livelihood of Georgia’s inmate populations. 

If you or someone you know is looking for help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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