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Rash of suicides alarm Pa. prison officials

The cases are being investigated by the prison system and by police


By Robert Moran
The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — Three suicides and one attempted suicide by Philadelphia prison inmates since Wednesday has prompted the corrections system to take stepped-up preventive measures, officials said.

A 25-year-old man was found hanging from an air vent in his cell at the Detention Center in an apparent suicide Friday afternoon. A second man at the Detention Center survived an attempted suicide Friday and was taken to a hospital.

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