Year: 2009 Source: Journal of Correctional Health Care, v.15, no.1, (January 2009), p.19-27 SIEC No: 20090008

Litigation related to suicide in jails & prisons is not an uncommon occurrence. This article summarizes the basic legal premises behind such litigations, which involve claims of medical malpractice &/or deliberate indifference. Commmon causes of omissions & commissions in correctional mental health care practice leading to such litigation are outlined. A few select court decisions are reviewed &, based on the author’s experience, risk management strategies & procedures for clinicians & correctional officers are provided. (20 refs.)