Sentinel events in prison: surveillance of dual-harming incarcerated populations

Smith, H., Slade, K. ORCID: 0000-0002-7442-4805, Ferdik, F., Potter, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-4462-212X and Baguley, T. ORCID: 0000-0002-0477-2492, 2023. Sentinel events in prison: surveillance of dual-harming incarcerated populations. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. ISSN 1050-9674 (Forthcoming)

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Sentinel event review systems were created to prevent catastrophes from occurring in complex human organizations, though they have yet to be fully realized in corrections. Sentinel event review may be particularly salient for incarcerated people who engage in dual harming behaviors (i.e., self-harm and violence) given their overrepresentation in disciplinary incidents. To explore this potential, incident reports spanning a three-year period for an entire state prison system were examined. Our specific objectives were to assess the prevalence of institutional incidents committed by people who dual harm, and to identify unique characteristics of theirs. Quantitative estimations indicated how dual harmers, in comparison to other incarcerated population members, were responsible for a higher proportion of disciplinary incidents. Further analyses indicated how people who dual harm were disproportionately more at-risk for mental health impairments, and more likely to be housed in maximum-security facilities. Policy implications are discussed.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Offender Rehabilitation
Creators: Smith, H., Slade, K., Ferdik, F., Potter, A. and Baguley, T.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 20 October 2023
ISSN: 1050-9674
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 01 Nov 2023 11:08
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2023 11:08

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