Year: 2004 Source: Crisis, v.25, no.1, (2004), p.19-26 SIEC No: 20041328

This study examines a peer-involved prevention program, called SAMS in the Pen, operated jointly between the prison & the Samaritans of Southern Alberta. This service, the first of its kind in Canada, involved inmate volunteers, known as SAMS, who were trained in listening skills, suicide prevention, & risk assessment. Data was collected for the research from volunteers, correctional staff, general inmate population, & professional staff. As with any new service, the SAMS in the Pen experienced some developmental problems but was perceived to be a worthwhile service to both inmates & staff of the prison. (22 refs)