Deceased inmate formerly part of “Scared Straight” program

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(KTVI) – An inmate who committed suicide at the St. Clair County Jail spent much of his time there trying to convince kids not to become a career criminal like himself.

Bradley Scarpi, 33, of Belleville hanged himself Friday inside the jail. Mandy Murphey previously interviewed and featured Scarpi in her Fox Files report on the St. Clair County “Scared Straight” program for at-risk kids.

Scarpi was released from jail following the interview. Sheriff Rick Watson said he committed a couple of serious crimes, including a home invasion and armed robbery in April, and was back behind bars in February of 2013.

Sheriff Watson said five other inmates tried to commit suicide inside the  jail over the Memorial Day weekend but were unsuccessful.