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By Tom Fitton
New photos confirm the attack's coordination and its cover-up
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Topic - J. Barkley Rosser
After three suicides at the D.C. Jail in the past two months, union officials say corrections officers don't have the resources to provide appropriate mental health monitoring of inmates.
Corrections officers working at a D.C. jail facility worry about their safety on a daily basis due to a lack of adequate staffing after recent layoffs, employees testified Thursday at a D.C. Council hearing on the facility's management.
Union officials previously have complained about a lack of staffing at the jail, but Mr. Rosser said there did not appear to be any staffing shortage on the unit where Mr. Johnson was housed.
"The jails are simply not equipped to deal efficiently with both the security and the mental health aspect," Mr. Rosser said. "Now we're being asked to monitor, diagnose and recognize mental health issues. It just simply is too much."