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The conundrum of hanging points in correctional facilities


Pridmore, S and Pridmore, W, The conundrum of hanging points in correctional facilities, Australasian Psychiatry, 25, (1) pp. 40-42. ISSN 1039-8562 (2017) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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Copyright 2016 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

DOI: doi:10.1177/1039856216671658


Objective: We aimed to explore aspects of the removal of hanging points from correctional facilities.

Conclusion: An argument can be made that individuals have a right to die/suicide. The United Nations holds that except for freedom of movement, prisoners have the same rights as non-prisoners. The rights of the individual and the duty of many custodial institutions are in conflict. This introduces a conundrum; when all hanging points are removed from correctional facilities, prisoners without mental disorder, but with a sustained wish to die, will not be able to achieve that end, while non-prisoners will be well able to do so.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:suicide, suicide prevention, prison, hanging
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Pridmore, S (Professor Saxby Pridmore)
ID Code:111724
Year Published:2017 (online first 2016)
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2016-10-03
Last Modified:2017-12-14

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