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Suicide in Corrections

Suicide is a threat to all persons involved in corrections. The rates of inmate suicide are far higher than the national averages, and even higher still for special populations (including juvenile and LGBTI inmates), even corrections officers have a much greater occupational suicide rate. The resources provided will help give an overview of the problems surrounding correctional suicides and the ways one can implement strategies to turn around the alarming upward trajectory of suicide rates.

Basics and Beyond: Suicide Prevention in Jails

Issues surrounding the prevention of inmate suicide in jails are addressed. Lessons learned from two case studies and two legal cases are covered.

Suicidal Ideation and Behavior among Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: A Review of the Literature

This report presents what is currently known about suicidal ideation and behavior among youth involved in the juvenile justice system is reported.

Screening and Assessment for Suicide Prevention: Tools and Procedures for Risk Identification among Juvenile Justice Youth

This paper explains why the juvenile justice system must use research-based screening and assessment instruments to prevent suicide.

Preventing Juvenile Suicide through Improved Collaboration: Strategies for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Agencies

This document presents recommendations for effectively preventing suicide among youth in the juvenile justice system.

Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Among Detained Youth

In this bulletin, the authors examine suicidal thoughts and behaviors among 1,829 youth ages 10 to 18 in the Northwestern Juvenile Project—a longitudinal study of youth detained at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in Chicago, IL.

Preventing Suicide Among Justice-Involved Youth: Newly Developed Tools, Recommendations, and Research

<p>This webinar will summarize the work of the Juvenile Justice Task Force and include in-depth discussion of the research findings and recommendations.</p>

Preventing Suicide: Working with Youth Who Are Justice Involved: Executive Summary

This website provides a wealth of resources about preventing justice-involved youth from committing suicide.

Guide to Developing and Revising Suicide Prevention Protocols for Youth in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System

This report covers performance-based standards for juvenile correction and detention facilities and a comprehensive suicide prevention program.

Solitary Confinement and Risk of Self-harm Among Jail Inmates

This analysis examines self-harm and diversion from a punitive setting to a therapeutic setting outside solitary confinement.


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