Year: 1997 Source: Crisis Intervention and Time-Limited Treatment, v.3, no.3, (1997), p.229-244 SIEC No: 19970374

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.