Report: Orleans Parish inmate in serious condition after suicide attempt

NEW ORLEANS -- An inmate at the Orleans Justice Center is in "serious" condition at an area hospital after a suicide attempt, said officials.

The New Orleans Advocate reported the 23-year-old inmate, who was being held in a special disciplinary unit, tried to hang himself in a cell around 10:15 p.m. Thursday night.

Officials told the Advocate four staffers were on duty, and they went into the inmate's cell immediately to revive him.

Suicide at the new $145 million dollar facility is a major focus of the ongoing, court-ordered reform program at the jail. Federal monitors said in a May report there were 31 suicide attempts or "gestures" at the parish prison between October and March.

Click here to read more about this story at the New Orleans Advocate's website.

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