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NCJ Number: 119282 Find in a Library
Title: Jail Suicide Prevention: Research, Litigation and Training (From Issues in Correctional Training and Casework, Volume 4, P 7-12, 1988, Bruce I Wolford and Pam Lawrenz, eds.)
Author(s): L M Hayes
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: American Correctional Assoc
Alexandria, VA 22314
Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, KY 40475
National Institute of Corrections
Washington, DC 20534
Grant Number: GO-3
Sale Source: American Correctional Assoc
206 N. Washington St., Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America

Eastern Kentucky University
Dept of Correctional Services
105 Stratton
Richmond, KY 40475
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Jail suicide prevention takes many forms and should include a basic understanding of research, litigation, and training.
Abstract: Suicide is the leading cause of death in jails, but experience indicates that almost all suicides can be averted with proactive jail administration and a prevention program that includes staff training, written rules and procedures, intake screening, staff communication, and human interaction. The primary element of jail suicide prevention is a capable and properly trained staff. Warning signs of suicidal behavior and reasons why jail environments are conducive to such behavior are noted. Existing research on jail suicides and basic concepts of liability are reviewed. 9 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Inmate suicide
Index Term(s): Jail staff training; Suicide prevention
Note: Paper presented at the Fourth Annual Correctional Symposium, Lexington, Ky., and at the Third Annual National Correctional Trainers Conference, Pittsburgh
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