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NCJ Number: 148922 Find in a Library
Title: Suicides in the Custody Division of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and US Jails and Prisons: A Comparative Study (From Locked Up: Body, Mind and Soul: American Correctional Health Services Association 1994 Multidisciplinary Training Conference, P 31-41, 1994 -- See NCJ-148921)
Author(s): E E Kunzman
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: American Correctional Health Services Assoc
Dayton, OH 45401
Sale Source: American Correctional Health Services Assoc
11 W Monument Avenue
P.O. Box 2307
Suite 510
Dayton, OH 45401
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Statistics on inmate suicides in Los Angeles County (Calif.) jails for 1971-93 were compared with national data for 1979-86 and previously reported data from the Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Center and the Los Angeles Coroner's Office.
Abstract: The analysis focused on race, age, sex, method, time of day, day of week, month and season of the year, length of incarceration, arrest charges, and drug abuse or intoxication. Suicide deaths were also compared to other causes of death. Results revealed that suicides were not the leading cause of inmate deaths either nationally or in Los Angeles. During 1987-91, suicides accounted for 11 percent of the deaths of Los Angeles jail inmates. Deaths from cardiovascular causes and infections far outnumbered suicides. The analysis indicated several diagnostic factors and preventive interventions. Tables (Author summary modified)
Main Term(s): Corrections management
Index Term(s): California; Inmate fatalities; Inmate suicide; Jail management; Suicide prevention
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