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Auditor: California women's inmate suicide rate too high


August 18, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Suicides spiked at a California women's prison after officials failed to properly prepare for the transfer of 400 of the state's most dangerous female inmates to the facility, the state auditor said Thursday.

In a report published Thursday, the auditor also found flaws in suicide prevention plans at all four women's prisons.

Women comprise 4 percent of California's prison population but accounted for 11 percent of suicides from 2012 to 2016.

"The ongoing nature of many of the problems we identified at the four prisons we reviewed is particularly troubling," the report...

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