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Psychiatr Serv. 2007 Apr;58(4):558-60.

Inmate suicide and time spent in special disciplinary housing in New York State prison.

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Central New York Psychiatric Center, New York State Office of Mental Health, Box 300, Marcy, NY 13403, USA. bruceway@omh.state.ny.us

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study examined the number of days that prisoners spent in a special disciplinary housing unit in New York State prison before a suicide occurred.

METHODS:

Suicides that occurred between 1993 and 2003 were reviewed.

RESULTS:

A total of 32 suicides occurred in one-person special housing cells during the 11-year period. Inmates spent a median of 63 days in a special disciplinary housing cell before committing suicide. The aggregate median sentence these inmates were serving in special housing at the time of suicide was 298.5 days.

CONCLUSIONS:

Because most suicides in a special housing unit occurred within eight weeks of placement, enhanced observation of special housing inmates is warranted in that period at a minimum.

PMID:
17412861
DOI:
10.1176/ps.2007.58.4.558
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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