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NCJ Number: NCJ 241052     Find in a Library
Title: Risk of Dying by Suicide Inside or Outside Prison: The Shortened Lives of Male Offenders
Author(s): Marc S. Daigle ; Helene Naud
  Journal: Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice  Volume:54  Issue:4  Dated:October 2012  Pages:511 to 528
Date Published: 10/2012
Page Count: 18
  Annotation: This study investigated an offender’s risk of dying by suicide, both inside and outside of prison.
Abstract: To determine the death rate among offenders, especially by suicide, inside and outside prison, a follow-up of 1,025 inmates over the period from 1995 to 2006 was conducted by searching the computerized records of correctional services and coroner files for data on suicidal behavior and death. There were 47 deaths (4.59 percent) from all causes among the 1,025 offenders during the observation period, of which 82.98 percent occurred outside prison. Of the 1,025, 26 died by suicide (2.54 percent). Of these suicides, 76.92 percent occurred outside prison. Offenders seem to be at risk for suicide throughout their life and even more so outside prison. This does not mean correctional services bear no responsibility for the suicide of inmates. On the contrary, vulnerable offenders should be treated while in prison. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Inmate suicide
Index Term(s): Effects of imprisonment ; Suicide causes ; Suicide prevention ; Reentry
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Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Country: Canada
Language: English
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