Vt. officials: prisons see more suicide attemptsThe Associated Press | September 24,2013MONTPELIER - Vermont Corrections Department officials say there has been an increase in the number of suicide attempts in the state's prisons.
The comment came during a Monday hearing of a legislative oversight committee that is focused on prisoner mental health.
The hearing came after 38-year-old Robert Mossey died after he hanged himself in a mop closet late last month at the Newport prison.
Mossey's step-father, a former corrections officer, says under-staffing at the Newport facility could be part of the problem.
Vermont Public Radio reported that Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito said Mossey's was the first successful suicide within the system in nine years.
But Dr. Delores Burroughs-Biron, the health services director for the Department of Corrections, says the number of attempts has increased.MORE IN This Just In
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