Way, Bruce B., Donald A. Sawyer, Sharen Barboza, and Robin Nash. “Inmate suicide and time spent in special disciplinary housing in New York State prison.” Psychiatric Services 58, no. 4 (2007): 558-560.
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. Suicides that occurred between 1993 and 2003 were reviewed. 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. 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.”
Keywords: isolation, suicide prevention, psychology, risk, length of stay.