Year: 1997 Source: Crisis, v.18, no.4, (1997), p.157-162 SIEC No: 19971381

This article presents descriptive statistics on the 66 suicides occurring in federal institutions in Canada between 1992-96. Family problems (29%) were the most commonly hypothesized motivating factor in the suicides, followed by denial of a request for appeal, parole, or transfer (26%), fear of other inmates (24%), & substance abuse problems (21%). Current & planned suicide prevention & intervention strategies of the Correctional Service are discussed in the context of these findings. (10 refs)