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.
On Wednesday, a 23-year-old man died by suicide at the Detention Center, and a 24-year-old man committed suicide at the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center. Both deaths were by hanging.
"That is a very disturbing, very high number," said civil rights lawyer David Rudovsky, who has for decades taken the city to federal court over prison conditions.