Suicide and Self-Harm in Prisons and Jails

Suicide and Self-Harm in Prisons and Jails

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This book explores several topics pertaining to suicide and deliberate self-harm in the corrections setting, including who tends to commit these acts; where, when, and how these incidents occur; screening mechanisms; the role of environmental stimuli in facilitating or preventing acts of self harm; interpersonal relations among inmates and between inmates and staff; the role of the courts in setting and ruling on suicide prevention policies; and diversion and re-entry plans for more

Product details

  • Hardback | 238 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739124641
  • 9780739124642
  • 2,112,505

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Combining the skills of Christine Tartaro, an insightful criminologist, and David Lester, a leading suicidologist, Suicide and Self-harm in Prisons and Jails is not only timely, but also the most important book on the topic since Lester's Suicide Behind Bars two decades ago. Richly detailed, weaving together research, case examples, and the law, the authors allow the reader to appreciate and understand the complexity of suicide in prisons and jails, as both present very different rates and dynamics, and how to help. This book is a prime contribution for forensic specialists, law enforcement and correctional officers, students, and those of us who investigate the deaths for legal and liability issues. I predict that it will become the standard. -- Antoon A. Leenaars, author of Psychotherapy with Suicidal People Tartaro and Lester provide an accessible overview of the epidemiology and etiology of prison suicidality and self mutilation, as well as a critical assessment of clinical/prevention issues including screening programs, crisis counseling, environmental designs (that can limit opportunities for suicide), and litigation regarding system negligence. It is clearly the leading source on the topic for both researchers and practitioners. -- Steven Stack, Wayne State University This book is a thoroughly researched and comprehensive review of the current state of knowledge on the subject of suicide prevention in the custodial environment. It should prove valuable for any mental health professional who works with inmates, as well as for correctional staff and administrators who are tasked with ensuring the safety of an incarcerated population. Overall, Suicide and Self-Harm in Prisons and Jails is a comprehensive, eminently practical guide to this critical topic, and represents an important contribution to the field. Journal Of Forensic Science, September 2009 A very much needed comprehensive and practical book. It will help in the hard work of preventing suicide in prisons. Highly recommended for anyone interested in suicide prevention and prison environment. -- Maurizio Pompili, Sapienza University of Romeshow more

About Christine Tartaro

Christine Tartaro is associate professor of criminal justice at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. David Lester is distinguished professor of psychology at the Richard Stockton College of New more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 1. Introduction Chapter 2 2. Who Commits Suicide While Incarcerated? Chapter 3 3. When, Where, and How Suicides in Prisons and Jails Occur Chapter 4 4. Suicidal Ideation, Suicide Attempts, and Self-Mutilation Chapter 5 5. Screening and Assessment Chapter 6 6. Crisis Intervention and Counseling Chapter 7 7. Facility Design and Suicide Prevention Chapter 8 8. Diversion and Transition Programs Chapter 9 9. Litigation Issues Chapter 10 10. Suggestions for the Futureshow more