Jeffrey Epstein’s Death Underlines A Nationwide Problem
August 13, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein, the multmillionaire financier charged with sex trafficking dozens of underage girls as young as 14, reportedly died by suicide at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan while awaiting trial.

Jail suicides are almost entirely preventable, a HuffPost investigation found in 2016, and they’re far more common than you might think: Suicide has been the most common cause of jail deaths for every year dating back to 2000. The number of detainee suicides hit a record high with an average of more than one per day in 2014, the year for which the most recent Justice Department data is available. Three-hundred and seventy-two people killed themselves, accounting for more than a third of all inmate deaths that year, according to the latest Bureau of Justice Statistics report on mortality in local jails. It was a 13% increase from suicide deaths in 2013.

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