Mark Pogrebin on Inmate Suicide Prevention

Professor Mark Pogrebin is quoted in the Denver Post article “Bendable pens, tear-resistant sheets, plexiglass: In Colorado, these are the tools of inmate suicide prevention” that was published on Oct. 9, 2017.

“Mark Pogrebin, a professor at the University of Colorado at Denver’s School of Public Affairs who specializes in criminology and penology, said a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention is critical. That means keeping a steady eye on policies, procedures and, most important, staff training to recognize signs of potential self-harm.

“It’s OK to do physical prevention, but I want to know, how are staff being trained?” he said. “There are all kinds of things the jail personnel have to know about the inmates. If you misclassify someone, you’re going to have problems.”

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