For Inmates Like Epstein, Suicide Watch Is Meant to Be Short

Prison experts say suicide watch is intended for only short periods because it puts too much stress on the staff and inmate alike.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Suicide is such a constant concern at federal jails that guards have ready access to “the stick,” a wooden pole with a sharpened blade at the end that’s used to cut down inmates if they try to hang themselves with bedsheets. That’s believed to be exactly how Jeffrey Epstein took his life Saturday at the Metropolitan Correctional Center’s Special Housing Unit after a possible previous attempt, and less than two weeks…

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