Follow-Up Report on Suicide Prevention Practices within the Massachusetts Department of Correction- February 18, 2011
Group: Massachusetts Department of Correction
During the first half of 2010, the Department of Correction experienced an increased incidence of suicide within our correctional facilities at a rate four times greater than the national average. Per previously established protocols, all inmate deaths were examined through the mortality review process and all policies and procedural directives relating to suicide prevention were reviewed and in some cases modified. In order to more independently assess our current practices related to suicide prevention, the decision was made to call upon the services of Lindsay Hayes, a nationally recognized expert in the field of jail, prison and juvenile suicide, who was already under contract as a consultant to the department, and had provided a technical assistance report on suicide prevention to the department in February 2007.
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