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Jail suicide and legal redress.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2201106     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Suicide is the leading cause of death in jails. Especially at risk are pretrial detainees. This paper provides clinicians who serve as consultants to jails with an overview of legal precedent concerning liability for jail suicide on the federal appellate, federal district, and state levels. Liability on the federal level is based upon actions involving deliberate indifference or gross negligence. A table is provided granting a summary view of appellate-level decisions on liability for jail suicide. Liability on the state level involves lesser standards of negligence. The paper concludes with several liability-generating scenarios.
J M Olivero; J B Roberts
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Suicide & life-threatening behavior     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0363-0234     ISO Abbreviation:  Suicide Life Threat Behav     Publication Date:  1990  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-09-20     Completed Date:  1990-09-20     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7608054     Medline TA:  Suicide Life Threat Behav     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  138-47     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Texas.
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MeSH Terms
Civil Rights / legislation & jurisprudence
Prisons / legislation & jurisprudence*
Risk Factors
Suicide / legislation & jurisprudence*
United States

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