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ACLU says inmate suicides show lack of psychiatric care

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The American Civil Liberties Union said suicides by prison inmates point to a lack of adequate care for the growing numbers of mentally ill people in the nation’s prisons. The comments from Amy Fettig of the ACLU’s National Prison Project follow recent inmate suicides including the one Friday of inmate Robert Mossey at Vermont’s Northern State Correctional Facility, and admitted kidnapper Ariel Castro in Ohio on Tuesday. Figures from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show prison suicides declining during the past decade. But as of 2009, they remained the leading cause of death in US prisons.

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