Suicide in Corrections Part 3: Effective Management & Response for Preventing Suicide

Suicide in Corrections Part 3: Effective Management & Response for Preventing Suicide 

Correctional staff have a duty to protect individuals in their custody and care. This includes protecting them from self-harm and suicide. This course is designed to provide information to correctional officers and other staff working directly with detainees/inmates in jails, prisons, and community confinement settings with information to effectively supervise those at-risk for suicide. You will be given the chance to apply your knowledge in a series of interactive exercises that test your understanding of the course material.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

American Jail Association Certification


This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy


This course has been approved by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for 2.00 hours. CJA Lesson Plan #6119

California Board of State and Community Corrections


This activity is approved for 2.00 STC credit hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-SICP3
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 10/31/2023
Learning Objectives:
List the 3 most common ways inmates/detainees attempt or complete suicide.
Discuss 4 responsibilities correctional staff have in supervising and responding to individuals who are identified as at-risk for suicide.
Discuss 4 types of suicide precautions used within correctional facilities.
Explain the importance of effective communication between correctional and healthcare staff.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Suicide in Correctional Facilities A. Suicide in Correctional Facilities B. Detainee Wilkinson’s Story C. Hanging and Strangulation D. Inmate Lee’s Story E. Drug Overdoses F. Resident Cook’s Story G. Self-Inflicted Wounds H. Where Do Suicides Occur? I. Review J. Summary Section 3: Techniques for Supervising Individuals At-Risk for Suicide A. Meet Detainee Phelps B. A Note About Suicide Risk C. An Officer’s Duties in Response to Suicide Risk D. Communicate Effectively E. Tools to Help You Communicate F. Communication Errors G. Review H. Invoke Appropriate Suicide Precautions I. Housing Assignments J. Observation K. Technology to Aide Observation L. Personal Products M. Privileges N. Review O. Refer to Services P. Provide Support to Inmates/Detainees Q. Collaborate with Providers R. Review S. Documentation T. Review U. Revisiting Detainee Phelps V. Summary Section 4: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations! F. Exam G. BrainSparks

Staff Writer: Kimberly Cobb, M.S.
Mrs. Cobb is a Content Writer for Public Safety and Health and Human Services at Relias. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. Mrs. Cobb has 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. She has worked in direct service positions as well as in research, training, and technical assistance capacities. 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 managing federal, state, and foundation grants awarded to the College of Medicine, Behavioral Science department, Center for Drug and Alcohol Research, and Kentucky Rural Medical Centers.


Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, M.S. 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.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Correctional Officers; in the following settings: Adult Corrections, Juvenile Corrections.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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