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Mental Health: Suicide in the Criminal Justice System – Prevalence, Risk Factors, Prediction, and Prevention

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Iain McKinnonORCiD


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At a population level suicide is rare; however, increased rates are observed in criminal justice populations. Suicide prediction and prevention among individuals in contact with the criminal justice system is notoriously difficult. The detailed investigation of deaths in prison and deaths in and following police custody are lengthy and seek to establish potential criminal liability for organizations and individuals. Therefore it is important that clinicians and custodial staff are skilled in the assessment of suicide risk. In this chapter we explore some of the challenges in these assessments and the known risk factors in these populations.

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Author(s): McKinnon I, Holmes J, Shaw J

Editor(s): Payne-James, J and Byard, RW

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine

Year: 2015

Volume: 3

Pages: 552-558

Print publication date: 04/11/2015

Edition: 2nd

Number of Volumes: 4

Publisher: Elsevier

Place Published: Oxford


DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-800034-2.00296-2

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9780128000342