SHIRLEY (CBS/AP) – The maximum security prison where Aaron Hernandez apparently hanged himself has seen its share of troubles since it opened nearly two decades ago.

There have been several other inmate suicides at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, several attacks on prison staff and several instances of inmate-on-inmate violence.

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The aftermath of a prison riot at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility in Shirley in January 2017. (Photo credit: Mass. Department of Corrections)

The most famous one was the strangulation of convicted pedophile priest John Geoghan by another prisoner.

John Geoghan in Middlesex Superior Court February, 21, 2002. (Photo credit TOM LANDERS/AFP/Getty Images)

The prison, built for $105 million, was hailed as the nation’s most technologically advanced when it opened in 1998. It has more than 1,000 cells.

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Souza Baranowski prison cell (WBZ-TV)

It is named for two former prisons workers killed in 1972 during an aborted escape attempt.

Hernandez was found by guards hanged with a bedsheet at about 3 a.m. Wednesday.

The former New England Patriots tight end was pronounced dead at a hospital about an hour later.

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