Year: 1981 Source: Corrections Magazine, v.4, (Aug. 1981), p.6-16 SIEC No: 19820059

This article discusses the reasons for high rates of suicide in U.S. jails, as well as preventative measures. The author describes the characteristics of suicidal inmates, as well as situations in jail which promote suicide, & methods used. A prime reason for high rates is the prevalence of psychiatric problems among inmates, & the lack of mental health resources. The importance of suicide prevention training is emphasized, & programs are described, including peer suicide watch programs.(VM)