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NCJ Number: 228793 Find in a Library
Title: New Defendants, New Responsibilities: Preventing Suicide Among Alleged Sex Offenders in the Federal Pretrial System
Journal: Federal Probation  Volume:73  Issue:2  Dated:September 2009  Pages:40-44
Author(s): James M. Byrne; Arthur J. Lurigio; Roger Pimentel
Date Published: September 2009
Page Count: 5
Document: HTML
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper examines a group of offenders at high risk of suicide: sex defendants on pretrial supervision on the Federal level.
Abstract: Research specific to suicide among offenders and alleged offenders under various forms of community supervision such as pretrial, probation, and parole has been minimal. In this paper attention is directed at the need to collect more data and reformulate policies and practices to create more effective interventions for defendants at risk for suicide with a focus on the Federal pretrial system. The paper begins by examining the prevalence and causes of jail suicide and the need to monitor suicide among both in-custody and community supervised defendants. It discusses the growing number of Federal defendants charged with sexual exploitation crimes, and describes new models for assessing and monitoring pretrial detainees being charged with sexual exploitation. The paper concludes by exploring directions for future research in this area of Federal correctional practice. It is reasonable to propose examination of suicide risk among the entire Federal pretrial population and implementation and evaluation of a new generation of risk reduction strategies that incorporate suicide risk in assessment systems. References
Main Term(s): Sex offenders
Index Term(s): Dangerousness; Federal courts; Federal programs; Pretrial detention; Pretrial programs; Pretrial release; Sex offender profiles; Suicide; Suicide prevention
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