2021 – Suicide Prevention In the Corrections Environment

by | Feb 23, 2021

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Suicide is the leading cause of death in jail settings.   More than one-third of all jail deaths is a result of a suicide.

This course is to provide Corrections Officers with an understanding of suicidal behavior and methods for detection and prevention of suicide in the jail setting. Suicide prevention should begin at the arrest and continue throughout the individuals stay in a jail facility.  Experience has shown that almost all jail suicides can be averted with implementation of a comprehensive prevention program that includes:  staff training, intake screening, communication between staff, appropriate and safe housing, frequent observation, prompt intervention, and human interaction between staff and inmates.

Extend Your Knowledge:  Articles: National Institute of Corrections: Suicide in Corrections  Suicide prevention inside Maine's jails and prisons Prison Policy Initiative: Maine Profile Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPT4hHoWGhk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrkvTZ3phLs&bpctr=1614275181