Suicide continues to be a leading cause of death within jails, prisons and juvenile facilities throughout the country. Landmark studies from NCIA’s Suicide Prevention in Custody Services have found that the suicide rate in county jails is several times greater than that of the general population, while the suicide rate in prisons remains slightly higher than in the community. It is essential that correctional agencies implement a sound suicide prevention policy, including the critical component of staff training, to help alleviate the risk of inmate suicide and costly litigation.
NCIA has extensive experience in providing suicide prevention and liability reduction services to both local and state correctional agencies throughout the country, including policy assessment and development, staff training, and expert witness consultation.
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Changes at Bexar jail aimed at keeping suicide rate low
October 24, 2012
Bexar jail works to keep suicide rates low by implementing recommendations by Lindsay Hayes, national suicide prevention expert.Read Full Story
Youth jail in Memphis to Address Suicide-prevention Measures
October 17, 2012
Lindsay Hayes, National Jail Suicide Expert Releases Report on Memphis Juvenile Jail recommending immediate and long-term steps to prevent suicide prevention in custody.Read Full Story
Suicide Prevention: Guiding Principles for a Sound Program
July 11, 2012
Lindsay Hayes speaks with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care on best practices to set up a suicide prevention program.Read Full Story
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