Jail Suicide and Prevention: Lessons From Litigation
Welch M~~Gunther D
This study examines 77 jail suicide lawsuits in which problems related to key areas of institutional policy & custom are scrutinized. Discusses problems with insufficient staff, inadequate training & supervision, poor jail conditions, lack of written rules & procedures & overcrowding. Concludes that from a policy perspective, the lessons from litigation support the need for comprehensive suicide prevention programs in jails.