Staff

Lindsay M. Hayes, MS

Lindsay M. Hayes is a Project Director of the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives, with an office in Mansfield, Massachusetts.  He is nationally recognized as an expert in the field of suicide prevention within jails, prisons and juvenile facilities.  Mr. Hayes has been appointed as a Federal Court Monitor (and expert to special masters/monitors) in the monitoring of suicide prevention practices in several adult and juvenile correctional systems under court jurisdiction. He is also a suicide prevention consultant to the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division (Special Litigation Section) in its investigations of conditions of confinement in both adult and juvenile correctional facilities throughout the country.  He also serves as an expert witness/consultant in inmate suicide litigation cases. Mr. Hayes also serves as a technical assistance consultant/expert by conducting training seminars and assessing inmate and juvenile suicide prevention practices in various state and local jurisdictions throughout the country.

Mr. Hayes has conducted the only five national studies of jail, prison, and juvenile suicide (And Darkness Closes In…National Study of Jail Suicides in 1981, National Study of Jail Suicides: Seven Years Later in 1988, Prison Suicide: An Overview and Guide to Prevention in 1995, Juvenile Suicide in Confinement: A National Survey in 2004, and National Study of Jail Suicide: 20 Years Later in 2009).  The jail and prison suicide studies were conducted through contracts with the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), U.S. Justice Department; whereas the first national study of juvenile suicide in confinement was conducted through a contract with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Justice Department.

Mr. Hayes served as editor/project director of the Jail Suicide/Mental Health Update, a quarterly newsletter devoted to research, training, prevention, and litigation that was funded by NIC from 1986 thru 2008; and is a consulting editor and editorial board member of Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, the official scientific journal of the American Association of Suicidology, as well as editorial board member of Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, the official scientific journal of the International Association of Suicide Prevention.  Mr. Hayes has authored over 60 publications in the area of suicide prevention within jail, prison and juvenile facilities, including model training curricula on both adult inmate and juvenile suicide prevention.

As a result of research, technical assistance, and expert witness consultant work in the area of suicide prevention in correctional facilities, Mr. Hayes has reviewed and/or examined over 3,000 cases of suicide in jail, prison, and juvenile facilities throughout the country during the past 30 years.  In 2001, Mr. Hayes was presented with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care’s Award of Excellence for outstanding contribution in the field of suicide prevention in correctional facilities.  His work has been cited in the suicide prevention sections of various state and national correctional health care standards, as well as numerous suicide prevention training curricula.