The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified individuals in correctional facilities at high-risk for suicide. Risk factors unique to a correctional environment such as shock of incarceration, guilt/shame over incarceration, and existing mental health issues (e.g., alcohol/substance use or mental health disorders) are risk factors for suicide. Isolation from family and friends compounds this risk. This course will provide correctional staff with an overview of suicide in correctional facilities. You will review information related to statistics of suicide in the community and correctional facilities; examine common myths and facts about suicide; review liability issues related to suicide in correctional facilities; and be introduced to the components of what should be included in a facility’s suicide prevention program.
This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.
This activity is approved for 1.25 STC credit hours.
This course has been approved by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for 1.25 hours. CJA Lesson Plan #6117
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Overview of the Problem A. Hidden Problem B. Suicide C. Suicidal Ideation D. Suicide in Correctional Facilities E. Increased Risk for Detainees/Inmates F. The Jail Experience G. Review H. Summary Section 3: Myths and Facts About Suicide A. Dispelling Myths B. Review C. Summary Section 4: Why You Should Care A. Your Role is Important B. Liability Issues C. The Focus of Suicide-Related Lawsuits D. 8th Amendment E. The Deliberate Indifference Standard F. Suicide Prevention Programs G. Mitigating Your Liability H. Case In Point: Heflin v. Tennessee (1992) I. Assess Your Knowledge J. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations! F. Exam G. BrainSparks
Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the Health and Human Services vertical, in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new Relias staff joining the Content Department. Mrs. Cobb has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, and training and technical assistance. She was the statewide evaluator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for adult, juvenile, and family drug courts; a Research Associate for the American Probation & Parole Association providing training and technical assistance to Native American Nations/Alaska Native Villages on systemic criminal and juvenile justice initiatives; and a Research Administrator for the University of Kentucky. Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Expert Reviewer: Dee K. Bell, PhD
Dr. Dee Bell is a clinical psychologist and consultant in the areas of Restorative Justice, Juvenile Justice and Correctional Assessments. She retired as the Deputy Commissioner of Juvenile Justice at the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. Previously, she served for four years as the Administrator of the Community Justice Institute at Florida Atlantic University and the Director of the Balanced and Restorative Justice Project sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Prior to these positions, she has worked 30 + years in Community Corrections for Georgia and Florida State Government. Educated at Clemson University and Emory University, she has provided training in both state and national venues for many years and has authored and co-authored a number of articles on justice system issues and adult and juvenile justice curricula and restorative justice in communities and schools. Disclosure: Dee K. Bell, PhD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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