Inmate, 27, hangs self at
Boston man is 3d
suicide in '07
By John Guilfoil,
Globe Correspondent | April 1, 2007
A 27-year-old Boston
man hanged himself Friday night in a shower at Bridgewater State
Hospital, where he had been sent for a 30-day mental evaluation.
Jarred Aranda , who
had been sent to the state hospital from the Bristol County jail,
was pronounced dead at Brockton Hospital at 9:30 .
Aranda had been
sentenced in January to a year in jail on several minor charges,
said Diane Wiffin , Department of Correction spokeswoman.
Wiffin had no
comment on whether the suicide could have been prevented.
An independent study
of the state prison system released in February found serious
shortcomings in the state's handling of inmates who are at risk of
commissioned after a sharp increase in prisoner suicides in 2005
and 2006, concluded that prison policies and practices were
contributing to the problem.
The Department of
Correction brought in Lindsay Hayes, a prison suicide prevention
specialist, to review the department's policies and practices,
Hayes's report gave
29 recommendations and emphasized increased staff training, better
communication, "suicide-resistant" housing for inmates, and
changes to supervision practices.
"The Department of
Correction is committed to the full implementation of the Hayes
recommendations," Wiffin said yesterday. The department plans to
implement all 29 recommendations and review the way the department
manages mentally ill offenders, she said.
A lawsuit filed in US District
Court by the Disability Law Center Inc. contends that one-quarter
of the 11,000 inmates in the state prison system are mentally ill
and criticizes the Department of Correction, saying it keeps
hundreds of inmates in isolation too long.
Aranda's death remains under
investigation, Wiffin said. He was the third inmate to commit
suicide in 2007 and the 10th in the past 15 months. Those numbers
are up from one suicide in 2004 and four in 2005.
In an unrelated event, Thomas
Moriconi , 35, died of a heroin overdose March 28 at MCI-Shirley.
His death was ruled accidental, Wiffin said.
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