West Tennessee jail changes policies after suicide

West Tennessee jail changes policies after suicide


JACKSON (AP) - A West Tennessee jail has implemented new policies in the wake of an inmate's suicide.

Madison County Sheriff David Woolfork told The Jackson Sun that deputies are now required to check on inmates who are on suicide watch every 10 to 15 minutes.

He says that's stricter than vague state guidelines that call for regular inmates to be checked on at least once an hour and suicidal inmates to be checked more frequently than that. It's also stricter than guidelines set out by the American Correctional Association, which recommends checking suicidal inmates every half hour.

The steps come after 24-year-old Jonathan Lee Carter hanged himself in a cell in December. Woolfork has said deputies didn't check on Carter often enough.

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