Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez hangs himself in his prison cell
Statistics show that MA has the fourth highest prison suicide rate in the country.
The inmate suicide rate at MA state prisons is double the national rate, according to the Bureau of Judicial Statistics.
That is nearly double the national rate of 16 suicides per 100,000 inmates, with suicide accounting for about one in 10 MA inmate deaths. Suicide rates were significantly higher in local jails, representing 46 of every 100,000 inmates.
Fallon said that he was not aware of any suicide note and that officials had no reason to believe Hernandez was suicidal.
Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez and defence attorney wait in the courtroom during the jury deliberation in his first murder trial in April, 2015.
He hanged himself using a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window.
In this September 13, 2006 photo, Bristol Central tight end Aaron Hernandez appears in Bristol, Conn. Hernandez, a former National Football League star who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and Friday, April 14, 2017, was acquitted of a double murder, died after hanging himself at the prison early Wednesday, April 19, 2017, MA prisons officials said. He had been held in several state prisons.
The Bureau of Justice report on suicides looked at statistics on mortality in state prisons between 2001 and 2014. The most were in Utah, where 42 per 100,000 killed themselves; the lowest in Alabama, where 5 out of 100,000 committed suicide.
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Hernandez's agent, Brian Murphy, tweeted that there was "absolutely no chance" Hernandez took his own life.
"I'm not sure why MA doesn't report them", said the group's executive director, Leslie Walker, who said some of the agency's clients had committed suicide while incarcerated.
Former American football star and convicted killer Aaron Hernandez was found dead in prison on Wednesday after hanging himself with a bedsheet in his cell.
It was the site of a January riot in which prisoners used fire extinguishers and furniture to battle guards, and the place where defrocked Roman Catholic priest John Geoghan was murdered by another inmate in 2003 after being convicted of sexually abusing a boy.
The suicide rate in MA spiked from 2006 to 2007, prompting the Department of Correction to hire a consultant from the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives.
Since then, more details have came out regarding what happened inside that cell. In a statement, the Worcester district attorney's office says only that Hernandez was found unresponsive in his cell. Otherwise, Fallon said, he would have been transferred to a mental health unit.
"Corrections officers are on duty 24 hours a day and they do rounds", Walker explained.
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