Year: 1974 Source: The Nation, (September 21, 1974), p.243-244 SIEC No: 19911596

This article discusses suicide among prisoners in New York State in 1973. The author also details findings of high suicide rates in prisons, especially among those held in detention, & the overrepresentation of Whites & Latins as suicide victims. Some prisons have set up peer support programs, but the major contributor to anxiety & possibly suicidality – the slowness of the criminal justice system – has not improved. Delays in mental care treatment are also common. (VM)