Year: 1997 Source: Jail Suicide/Mental Health Update, v.7, no.1, (Summer 1997), p.8-10 SIEC No: 19971316

Events leading up to the jail suicide of Cheryl Guthrie, a 34-year-old mother of 3 children suffering from mental illness & substance abuse, are detailed to illustrate the desperate need for jail suicide prevention training. The police department sued for the death of Cheryl Guthrie had no policies or procedures for suicide prevention, chose not to assess inmates for risk of suicide nor to provide adequate supervision, and provided no training to its staff in the area of suicide prevention.