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  • Death in the Family

    The Rocky Mountain News reports on domestic violence and children and parents killed in murder-suicides.
  • Teen Suicide: The Silent Epidemic

    Education Week reporter Jessica Portner collected data on teen suicides across the nation and wrote this in-depth piece on how the teen suicide rate is bigger than ever before. She backs up her data with testimonies from experts involved with children or child psychology.
  • Death in Prison: Punishing the Mentally Ill and Imprisoned and Sick: Punishing the Mentally Ill

    An investigation of New York state prisons by the Poughkeepsie Journal revealed that "many inmates had lenghty histories of mental illness." The newspaper found that 38.5 percent of prison suicides occured in "The Box," even though only 4.4 percent of prisoners were housed there. "Another 15 percent occured in another form of disciplinary confinement, where just 3.6 percent of inmates were housed."
  • Locked in Suffering

    Many inmates in Kentucky's county jail are not receiving care for mental illnesses, leaving them to suffer or even die. At least 17 people killed themselves during a 30 month period from Jan. 1, 1999, and June 30, 2001. Less than six ever saw a mental health professional. These mentally ill inmates have limited access to hospital beds and employees in the prisons have little to no training with the mentally ill.
  • Death in Prison: Punishing the Mentally Ill

    An investigation by the Poughkeepsie Journal revealed that 32 percent of suicides by inmates occured while they were housed in "The Box". But only 4.4 percent of inmates are housed there. Many "Box" inmates had "lenghty histories of mental illness; prison officials were routinely faulted for providing inadequate care prior to deaths."
  • Kids Behind Bars

    A Press investigation sheds light on the inadequate treatment of juvenile inmates in Michigan. The five-part series reveals the "dire consequences - rapes, assault, attempted suicides - " that children as young as 14 face in "hostile prisons ill-equipped to handle them." The investigation focuses on "Michigan's only private prison, set up for teen-aged boys and young men" and finds that it has "quickly become the most violent prison in the state.." The analysis of the prison's records shows that "in five month, a dozen boys have tried to kill themselves, " but "juveniles were receiving little or no counselling in prison ... even after trying to kill themselves." The reporter draws the conclusion that "the prison was too short-staffed to stop the assaults."
  • Death behind bars

    The Reporter's investigation shows "that between 1990 and 1998, 177 African Americans, 80 whites and one Asian died in police custody or in Cook County Jail. While deaths among whites remained constant, the number of blacks dying rose every year, as more succumbed to natural causes. And several of the deaths in custody may have been preventable, including some of the 78 homicides and suicides. In 14 incidents, death was related to the victims being restrained by police.... The investigation also revealed the Chicago police officers shot 71 people in 1998, the highest annual total in the decade."
  • Criminals in Charge

    The Denver post examines four suicides that occurred at a state mental health institute. Abusive employee reports led into findings of their criminal histories. Many of these employees were on work-release programs.
  • A fiercely guarded secret

    The Boston Globe series finds that police department cover up of a state trooper's suicide is just one of dozens of cases where officials purposely misclassify suicides as accidents. The Boston Police Department has one of the highest suicide rates in the country.
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    Time magazine investigates the double suicide of fifteen-year-old Alicia Hayes and her fourteen-year-old classmate, Amber Hernandez, in the port town of San Pedro, Cal. The two girls were the second group to commit suicide off the Point Fermin cliffs in the same year. The suicides raised fears of a chain reaction at San Pedro High School and raised questions over how dangerous it is to be a teenager in America today.