Year: 1989 Source: Journal of the American Medical Association, v.262, no.3, (July 21, 1989). p.365-369 SIEC No: 19890856

A study of long-term prisoners in the Maryland prison system between 1979-1987 was conducted to determine risk factors & to compare rates of suicide for inmates & the state population. The inmate suicide rate is significantly higher than age- & ethnicity-adjusted rates for males in the general population. Some risk factors for inmates are being white, age 25-34, & life sentence. Hanging was the most common suicide method used. Specific implications for inmate suicide prevention are examined. (CM)