Preventing Suicide in the Jail

Course length

8

About the course

Jail officers are duty bound to protect inmates from harm, including self-harm. When an inmate commits suicide, many questions are raised concerning staff communications and interactions, whether concern was shown to the inmate, and if the suicide could have been prevented. Inmates are people-people with lives-and all life is precious. This class will explore how suicidal signs can be recognized and how the entire jail staff can both communicate with each other and intervene effectively to protect the inmates from harming themselves. In addition, the liability of being negligent in suicide prevention will also be identified.