Mentally ill in Jail

HRRJ Officer Abundio Esmiller Jr. keeps watch on Adam Deiulio, who has attempted suicide seven times in jails. Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Portsmouth houses hundreds of mentally ill from the Peninsula. The special units sometimes hold mentally ill in solitary. There are anywhere from 6 to 12 inmates on suicide watch at any given time at HRRJ. The facility is staffed primarily by law enforcement personnel rather than psych staff.

( Joe Fudge / Daily Press / March 11, 2013 )

HRRJ Officer Abundio Esmiller Jr. keeps watch on Adam Deiulio, who has attempted suicide seven times in jails. Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Portsmouth houses hundreds of mentally ill from the Peninsula. The special units sometimes hold mentally ill in solitary. There are anywhere from 6 to 12 inmates on suicide watch at any given time at HRRJ. The facility is staffed primarily by law enforcement personnel rather than psych staff.

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