CHICAGO
07/26/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Teen Suicides In Illinois' Juvenile Prisons Expose Safety Gaps

Sometime before 3:09 a.m. on Sept. 1, 2009, Jamal Miller began to tear the bedsheet in his room at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles.

The stocky 16-year-old tied the sheet to a sock and tied the sock around the metal bar at the top of his bunk bed. He attached three notes to the cinder-block wall with toothpaste and placed another piece of notebook paper in the narrow window of his door.

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