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Nassau County D.A. Wants Review Of Inmate Suicides

MINEOLA, NY (AP) – The district attorney wants a review of conditions at Long Island’s Nassau County Jail after four inmate suicides in a year.

Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice tells Newsday that a review should be done by correction and mental health experts.

State records show four Nassau inmates killed themselves by hanging in the last 12 months.

The latest was on Jan. 3 at the Nassau University Medical Center. The inmate had first tried to slit his wrists at the jail.

There were no inmate suicides from 2006 through 2009.

State officials and advocates also have called for an independent review.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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