Suicide and Incarceration

An article in The Washington Post last week examines suicides in detention facilities and whether the deaths can be prevented through additional safeguards and training. Among those listed is the case of Anthony Weaver, a man incarcerated in Knox County’s Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility (RDWDF) that took his own life using a jail issued razor blade to slit his throat. Weaver — who suffered from depression and addiction — had expressed to his attorney thoughts of suicide that were relayed to employees of the facility but were not acted upon. In addition, he was given a razor by guards then left unsupervised even though he had previously tried to end his life by cutting his wrists while incarcerated. Weaver was at least the second inmate to commit suicide in RDWDF that same year. 

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