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Developing a Written Program for Jail Suicide Prevention

Lindsay M. Hayes


Jail suicides and the resulting liability can be dramatically reduced when officials put together a written suicide prevention program. The program need not be elaborate, but it must be comprehensive. Among the essential components of such a program are:

  • Staff training

  • Intake screening

  • Communication

  • Housing

  • Supervision

  • Intervention

  • Reporting

  • Follow-up/review

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