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Inmate deaths a call to action


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 21, 2013

~~<p>When people refer to a prisoner or criminal suspect as being &quot;in custody,&quot; the term generally conveys the notion that government controls that person's movements. With control comes responsibility, though, and the string of recent suicides in Hawaii correctional facilities sounds an alarm that, fortunately, now has the attention of state officials.</p>
<p>The stories underscore the state's imperative to review the way prisoners' needs are assessed and their basic care is managed, which, according to the state Department of Public Safety, is underway now.</p>
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When people refer to a prisoner or criminal suspect as being "in custody," the term generally conveys the notion that government controls that person's movements. With control comes responsibility, though, and the string of recent suicides in Hawaii correctional facilities sounds an alarm that, fortunately, now has the attention of state officials.

The stories underscore the state's imperative to review the way prisoners' needs are assessed and their basic care is managed, which, according to the state Department of Public Safety, is underway now. Login for more...



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