Mayor de Blasio says jail suicides amid lapses 'very troubling'

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at a news conference about street fatalities on January 16, 2014 in New York City. (File) (Spencer Platt, Getty Images)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at a news conference about street fatalities on January 16, 2014 in New York City. (File) (Spencer Platt, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/27 3:39 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday that "it's very troubling" that at least nine jail inmates committed suicide after safeguards designed to protect them were not followed.

The Associated Press reported on the lapses after obtaining investigative documents via public records requests.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the findings are an "indication of what has been wrong for a long time."

Investigators cited communication breakdowns, sloppy paperwork and inadequate mental health treatment as some of the factors in the deaths.

De Blasio said the findings are more evidence of how jails are often used as a "substitute for a real mental health system," and that's "unacceptable."

The city Correction Department said it is taking more steps to prevent suicides, including more communication between mental health workers and jail guards.

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