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Strategies for managing suicide and self-harm in prisons

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 125

Morag McArthur, Peter Camilleri and Honey Webb
ISBN 0 642 24123 6 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, August 1999

Abstract

Previous research has consistently shown that suicide is the leading cause of death in Australian prisons. This paper provides a summary of current program initiatives and strategies for minimising self harm that are operating in Australian prisons.