Year: 2005 Source: The Prison Journal, v.85, no.4, (December 2005), p.490-514 SIEC No: 20070082

National data on American prisons is used to examine the effects of deprivation, overcrowding, & their interaction on the likelihood of prison suicide. Findings provide substantial support for the hypothesis that overcrowding is a pivotal feature of prison environments that conditions the effects of deprivation. At low levels of overcrowding, minimum-security facilities evidence a lower probability of prison suicide, but at high levels, they are as likely to experience a suicide as their medium & maximum counterparts. Theoretical & policy implications of the findings are discussed. (65 refs.)