Why are so many Pa. prison inmates committing suicide?
Stephen Leonardo is no mental-health expert; he’s just an inmate who was assigned to janitorial duty on the unit of Graterford prison where the psychiatric observation cells were located. Still, even he could tell Christopher Gilchrist — a 28-year-old inmate with diagnosed serious mental illness — was on the precipice.
It wasn’t hard, he said: Gilchrist, already on suicide watch, was standing right in front of him with a homemade rope around his neck.
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