Since 2000, according to U.S. Justice Department figures, over 10,000 inmates have committed suicide, the vast majority taking place in California (615), Texas (448), and Florida (333).
US prisons are awful at preventing suicide & sometimes encourage them. They do not care to invest resources into stopping it. The ruling cites a few cases of suicides at Bureau of Prisons facilities, including an attempt by Chelsea Manning & the alleged suicide of Jeffrey Epstein pic.twitter.com/OgLevLPatT
Moreover, the vast majority of inmates at the time of suicide had not even been convicted of a crime, and 44% of those who committed suicide did so within the first week of their imprisonment.
Nia Holston, an attorney at the Abolitionist Law Center, points out that conditions in U.S. prisons cause mental problems for prisoners. Due to a lack of mental health services available in large U.S. cities, state and federal prisons are used to house those with pre-existing conditions.