Judge Orders Mental Health Measures Across Alabama Prisons After Suicide Spike : NPR

From the article:

A federal judge has determined that the risk of suicide among state prisoners in Alabama “is so severe and imminent” that he ordered the state’s Department of Corrections to immediately implement permanent mental health remedies to address “severe and systematic inadequacies.”

The decision by Judge Myron Thompson on Saturday, comes after 15 prisoners killed themselves in the span of 15 months.

In a 210-page ruling that includes summaries of the circumstances leading to each of the inmate suicides, Thompson agreed with prisoners’ attorneys that the spike had reached crisis levels, a result of what he previously said are “horrendously inadequate” mental health services provided to inmates.

Source: Judge Orders Mental Health Measures Across Alabama Prisons After Suicide Spike : NPR

In less than two years, 15 prisoners committed suicide. These are people that needed mental health care, and it was not provided.