Ex-NFL star's death underscores Massachusetts inmate suicide problem

By Scott Malone and Gina Cherelus BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The prison suicide of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez stunned football fans on Wednesday but for inmate advocates it was the latest evidence of a deep-rooted problem – the high rate of prison suicides in the state. "Once every two or three months a prisoner commits suicide in Massachusetts," said state Senator James Eldridge, whose district includes two prisons including the one where Hernandez died. Massachusetts prisons have twice as many inmate suicides as the national average, according to federal data.

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