Alabama inmate kills self after mental health testimony


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Officials say an Alabama inmate has killed himself, just weeks after testifying in a trial over mental health care in state prisons.

The Department of Corrections said Tuesday that 24-year-old Jamie Wallace was found dead in an apparent suicide five days earlier. He was found hanged on Thursday, in his cell at the Bullock County prison.

At a federal trial over mental health treatment in state prisons, Wallace described having multiple mental health problems and claimed a prison officer once offered him a razor to use to kill himself. He also testified he had tried to hang himself at least once before.

The state denies that Alabama inmates receive inadequate mental health treatment.

Wallace was serving 25 years for a murder in Jefferson County.

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