Suicide in Corrections Part 4: Responding to Suicides

Suicide in Corrections Part 4: Responding to Suicides 

Responding to suicide in correctional settings requires certain and swift action. This course will provide correctional officers and other staff who work directly with detainees/inmates in prisons, jails, and community confinement facilities with information about responding to a suicide attempt or completion. It will provide an overview of equipment for responding to suicide and standard precautions, how to provide first aid to detainees/inmates who attempt suicide, and how to document a completed suicide. Content will also cover common reactions to suicide, how staff and detainees/inmates can seek supportive services following a suicide, and the types of reviews that will be conducted following a completed suicide.


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 #6120

California Board of State and Community Corrections


This activity is approved for 2.00 STC credit hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-SICP4
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 10/31/2023
Learning Objectives:
Identify 8 types of equipment facilities should have to respond to suicides and protect you from harm.
Describe how to respond to hanging, drug overdose, and self-injury victims.
Explain 4 types of information to include in completed suicide reports.
Identify 2 ways to seek supportive services following a death by suicide in your facility.
Distinguish between the types of reviews that will be conducted following a completed suicide.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Equipment and Care A. Suicide Prevention Program B. The Right Tools C. Protecting Yourself from Contamination D. Take Standard (Universal) Precautions E. Avoiding Contamination F. Review G. Summary Section 3: Responding to Suicide Situations A. Basic Response Rules B. Response to Suicide by Hanging C. Do Not Presume a Victim is Dead When No Vital Signs Exist D. Practice: Officers Streeter and Dunn E. Response to Drug Overdose F. Practice: Officer Couture G. First Aid for Self-Injury H. Practice: Inmate Jarvis I. Review J. Summary Section 4: Documenting a Completed Suicide A. A Sensitive Task B. Preserve the Scene C. Roles in Documentation D. Types of Information E. Writing the Report F. Review G. Summary Section 5: Supportive Services A. Not Just Part of the Job B. Grief C. Trauma D. Questioning Response E. Impact on Detainees/Inmates F. The Correctional Culture G. Postvention H. Employee Assistance Program (EAP) I. Incident Assessment J. Review K. Summary Section 6: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations! F. Exam G. BrainSparks

Staff Writer: Kimberly Cobb, MS
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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