Cutting in Prison: Inmates Turn To Injuring Themselves


Cutting is the most prevalent form of self-injurious behavior in prison, a new study found. The first national survey to inquire about self-injurious behavior in incarcerated prison populations, researchers received responses from 230 mental health professionals working in State facilities, representing 473 prison facilities that provided mental health services and housed 100 plus inmates.

Researches also found that institutional characteristics associated with the prevalence of inmate self-injury include female-only institutions, specialized maximum-security units, and elevated staffing ratios.

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