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NCJ Number: 64500 Find in a Library
Title: VIRGINIA - DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS - SELF-MUTILATION AT THE PENITENTIARY AND POWHATAN - SUPPLEMENT
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: Virginia Dept of Corrections
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Virginia Dept of Corrections
Richmond, VA 23261
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS SUPPLEMENT UPDATES A PREVIOUS REPORT ON INMATE SELF-MUTILATION AT TWO VIRGINIA INSTITUTIONS, TO INCLUDE INCIDENTS WHICH OCCURRED DURING JULY AND AUGUST OF 1978 IN THE VIRGINIA PENITENTIARY.
Abstract: THE 25 INCIDENTS WHICH OCCURRED AT THE PENITENTIARY DURING JULY AND AUGUST INVOLVED 13 INDIVIDUALS, ONLY 4 OF WHOM HAD NEVER PREVIOUSLY INJURED THEMSELVES. TWO INMATES WHO HAD INJURED THEMSELEVES ONCE DURING 1978 DID SO AGAIN IN JULY OR AUGUST. OF THE FOUR NEW INMATES INVOLVED IN THE JULY AND AUGUST INCIDENTS, THREE INJURED THEMSELVES ONLY ONCE DURING THOSE MONTHS. UPDATED TABLES SHOW THE FREQUENCY OF MULTIPLE SELF-INJURIES WITHIN THE SAME MONTH AND ON THE SAME OR CONSECUTIVE DAYS, THE TYPE OF INJURY, THE TYPE OF INSTRUMENT USED, TREATMENT LOCATION, INMATE LOCATION AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT, AND THE TIME OF DAY WHEN THE INCIDENT OCCURRED. OF THE FOUR INMATES INVOLVED IN SELF-MUTILATION, THREE WERE WHITE AND ONE BLACK. ONE OF THE FOUR WAS COMMITTED FOR BURGLARY, ONE FOR ASSAULT, ONE FOR LARCENY, AND ONE FOR PROPERTY DAMAGE. THE NEW INMATES WERE SERVING SENTENCES OF 30 YEARS, 8 YEARS, 3 YEARS, AND 24 MONTHS. OVERALL, THE RATES OF SELF-MUTILATION AT THE PENITENTIARY ARE HIGH; THE JULY 1978 FIGURE REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF 60 PERCENT OVER THE JULY 1977 FIGURE, AND THE AUGUST FIGURE REPRESENTS A 20 PERCENT INCREASE OVER LAST AUGUST. IF THIS RATE CONTINUES, 150 INCIDENTS AT THE PENITENTIARY WILL BE RECORDED FOR 1979, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF OVER 50 PERCENT FROM 1978. THESE ADDITIONAL INCIDENTS DURING JULY AND AUGUST DO NOT SIGNIFICANTLY CHANGE THE BASIC FINDINGS OF THE ORIGINAL REPORT. DATA ON SELF-MUTILATION IN ARIZONA AND COLORADO ARE NOTED. A GRAPH IS INCLUDED. SEE ALSO NCJ 64499. (WJR)
Index Term(s): Correctional institutions (adult); Corrections statistics; Inmate statistics; Self mutilation; Virginia
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