During the past 20 years, the suicide rate in county jails has decreased nearly threefold, from 107 suicides per 1,000 inmates in 1986 to 38 per 100,000.

Author:Gormsen, Lia
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During the past 20 years, the suicide rate in county jails has decreased nearly threefold, from 107 suicides per 1,000 inmates in 1986 to 38 per 100,000, the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives found in its National Study of Jail Suicide: 20 Years Later. Author Lindsay M. Hayes, NCIA project director, said there are likely several reasons for the decrease, including comprehensive suicide prevention programming, better training of jail staff, and more in-depth inquiry of suicide risk factors during the intake process. The study identified 696 jail suicides in 2005 and 2006 combined, with 612 deaths occurring in detention facilities (which house individuals for more than 72 hours) and 84 in holding facilities (which house individuals for...

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