Teen's suicide emblematic of problems at New Orleans jail

NEW ORLEANS — For more than 90 minutes, 15-year-old Jaquin (jah-KWAHN') Thomas' motionless body hung from a New Orleans jail window bar before anyone noticed.

The suicide last fall was the second in a year at the new jail, which was supposed to help solve a myriad of longstanding problems: suicide attempts, inmate violence, drug use and guards using too much force. Instead, Jaquin's suicide refocused attention on the conditions at the notoriously dangerous lockup, where reform has been slow.

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