Suicide in North Carolina Jails

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Suicide is the leading cause of death in jails. In North Carolina, the rate of suicide in jails far exceeds the national average. Over the last four years, at least 51 of the 111 deaths in North Carolina jails were due to suicide. North Carolina’s rate of jail suicides for this period —45.9% of the deaths in NC jails—far exceeds the national average, which stood at 35% in 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Disability Rights North Carolina calls on every North Carolina jail to implement a robust and effective Suicide Prevention Program. Such programs are based on common sense and best practices identified by national experts and can be implemented with low-cost tools.

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