Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews discusses the old grates in jail cells which are being replaced with new “suicide-proof” vent grates in a wing of the Durham County Detention Center in this June 2016 photo. A section of the jail is being renovated to accommodate inmates with mental illness. The grates (like those pictured) in the current area can accept tools to facilitate hanging by suicidal prisoners. The new grates in the renovated cells prevent that.
Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews discusses the old grates in jail cells which are being replaced with new “suicide-proof” vent grates in a wing of the Durham County Detention Center in this June 2016 photo. A section of the jail is being renovated to accommodate inmates with mental illness. The grates (like those pictured) in the current area can accept tools to facilitate hanging by suicidal prisoners. The new grates in the renovated cells prevent that. Chuck Liddy cliddy@newsobserver.com
Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews discusses the old grates in jail cells which are being replaced with new “suicide-proof” vent grates in a wing of the Durham County Detention Center in this June 2016 photo. A section of the jail is being renovated to accommodate inmates with mental illness. The grates (like those pictured) in the current area can accept tools to facilitate hanging by suicidal prisoners. The new grates in the renovated cells prevent that. Chuck Liddy cliddy@newsobserver.com

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