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NCJ Number: 159187 Find in a Library
Title: Preventing Suicide in Jails
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:57  Issue:6  Dated:(October 1995)  Pages:90-94
Author(s): E E Kunzman
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 5
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article provides a checklist for use in screening jail admissions and identifying inmates at risk of suicide.
Abstract: The screening device outlined is used by Jail Mental Health Services programs, which provide mental health coverage for the Custody Division of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. Factors included on the checklist are family/friends; significant losses; worry; suicide of a family member or significant other; psychiatric history; drug and alcohol history; the commission of a shocking crime; the verbalization of suicidal ideation; past suicide attempts; hopelessness; signs of depression; and expressions of anxiety, fear or anger. Other factors on the checklist are embarrassment or shame; strange behavior or comments; being under the influence of drugs or alcohol; appearing incoherent, withdrawn, and mentally ill; no prior arrests; violence of recent suicide attempt; and the presence of a detailed and feasible suicide plan. In addition to screening inmates for possible suicide risk, jails should avoid placing the individual in an isolated environment. If the potentially suicidal inmate cannot have constant one-on-one supervision, housing detainees, arrestees, or inmates in a group of two or more individuals with constant direct visual observation is the best housing arrangement. 4 references
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Diagnostic and reception processing; Inmate suicide; Jails; Suicide prevention
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