Assessing and Responding to Suicidal Jail Inmates
Winkler G E
Assessing & responding to suicidal risk among inmates is discussed based on a literature review & personal experience. Sections detailing jail conditions, suicide risk factors, reasons for self-harm, & practical responses are included. Intoxication, isolation & the initial 24 hours of incarceration are significant risk factors. Determination of risk & considerations in decision making are emphasized, while the inmate’s safety & mental health, as well as accountability, are deemed priorities.