The Perceived Characteristics of Holding Cell Environments

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Authors
  1. Krames, L.
  2. Flett, G.L.
Corporate Authors
Canadian Police Research Centre, Ottawa Ont (CAN);York Univ, North York ONT (CAN) Dept of Psychology;Toronto Univ, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Following a psychological audit of the literature (Krames & Flett, 1999) changes have been made to holding cell environments in Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachments throughout Canada in an attempt to provide a safer and more psychological appealing environment. Such changes and research evaluating these changes are in keeping with calls for proactive interventions designed to decrease suicides and levels of self-injurious behaviors in jail and prison settings (see Bonner, 2000). Research from a number of locations around the world has documented the risk associated with the initial period of incarceration, especially for the first time offender (see Blanc, Lauwers, Telmon, & Rouge, 2001; Blaauw, Kerkhof, & Vermunt, 1997). One approach is to increase the assessment of suicide risk in detainees by evaluating psychological characteristics with standardized assessment batteries. A complementary approach is to retrofit the jail environment by making structural changes to the physical characteristics of the setting attempt to minimize the inherent risk.
Keywords
Prisons -- Design and construction;Prison administration;Prisons -- Statistics;Prisoners -- Health and hygiene
Report Number
HV8813;TR-06-2002E;TR-06-2002 — Technical report
Date of publication
01 Jan 2002
Number of Pages
41
DSTKIM No
CA031263
CANDIS No
529987
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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