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Montana Tribes Want to Stop Jailing People for Suicide Attempts but Lack a Safer Alternative

POPLAR, Mont. ā€” When Maria Vega was a senior in high school in 2015, she found the body of one of her closest friends, who had died by suicide. A few days later, devastated by the loss, Vega tried to take her own life. After the attempt failed, she was arrested and taken to juvenile detention in Poplar, a remote town on the Missouri River a short drive from the North Dakota oil fields. She was put in a cell and kept under observation for several days until a mental health specialist was available to see her. Her only interaction was with the woman who brought food to her cell. “I remember asking her if I could have a hug and she told me, ā€˜I’m sorry, I can&...

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