Health providers and corrections officers at the D.C. jail are poorly trained to identify potentially suicidal inmates, take shortcuts in assessing and monitoring their mental conditions, and in some cases leave inmates naked and in isolation for days, according to a highly critical report released Thursday.
The report comes after four suicides in less than 12 months at the District’s Central Detention Facility, where the suicide rate catapulted to three times the national average, jail officials said.
Article by Lindsay M. Hayes, published in the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry.
Bexar jail works to keep suicide rates low by implementing recommendations by Lindsay Hayes, national suicide prevention expert.
Lindsay Hayes, National Jail Suicide Expert Releases Report on Memphis Juvenile Jail recommending immediate and long-term steps to prevent suicide prevention in custody.
Lindsay Hayes speaks with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care on best practices to set up a suicide prevention program.
The recent sanction of New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the accompanying debate on the severity and harshness of his one-year suspension has significant parallels in the sentencing of criminal defendants in high profile cases. The one that comes immediately to mind is the sentencing of Bernie Madoff.