DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The number of officially logged suicide attempts among Texas prisoners has nearly tripled in the last decade.
That’s according to documents The Associated Press obtained from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.READ MORE: North Texas Officer Helps Wrangle Snake From Inside Man's Car At Shopping Center
The suicide attempts rose from less than 700 in 2009 to nearly 2,000 in 2018 even as the number of people imprisoned in the state has fallen.READ MORE: Many States Ending $300 Federal Unemployment Benefits Early
Prisoner rights advocates see this rise as proof that Texas’ state-run prisons need more outside oversight. However, corrections staff and some elected leaders suggest the increase can be attributed to prison staffs being more focused on monitoring a growing number of inmates with serious mental health needs.
Officials say the state’s prisons also have changed what they define as a suicide attempt, which has led to more attempts being counted.MORE NEWS: Blue Alert For Suspect Accused Of Shooting North Texas Officer Canceled Due To Complaints From Residents
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