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Suicide Behind Bars: Sound Effect, Episode 99

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Chance Kidder committed suicide while in his isolation cell at a Washington state prison.

This week on Sound Effect, we bring you an investigative look into a spike in prison suicides here in Washington state. During 2014 and 2015, 11 inmate deaths were ruled suicide, giving Washington one of the highest prison suicide rates in the country. There didn’t seem to be a pattern, but the prison system knew it had a problem. 

Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has spent the past year investigating and today on Sound Effect we present an hour long look at the issue.