April 26, 2017

State Sen. Eldridge pushes for prison suicide panel in wake of Hernandez death

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Antonio Caban / State House News Service

Sen. Jamie Eldridge

On the heels of the high-profile prison suicide of former New England Patriots player and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez, a state senator is asking the Legislature’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee to examine suicides among prisoners and correctional officers.

Sen. Jamie Eldridge, an Acton Democrat whose district covers the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center and Massachusetts Correctional Institute-Shirley, wrote April 24 to committee chairs Rep. Harold Naughton, D-Clinton, and Sen. James Timilty asking them to hold an oversight hearing on the issue.

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