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NEW Suicide in Prisons: Prisoners Lives Matter Paperback - 5 April 2017

by Graham Towl and David Crighton. With a Foreword by Lord Toby Harris.

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Paperback |  ISBN 9781909976443 |  Published 5 April 2017208 pages | Publisher Waterside Press

Book description

The definitive guide from two leading authors central to developments in the field. An invaluable book which covers everything from theoretical and community research to precisely what is known about prisoners and the risk of their completing suicide. Covers the Harris Review and Government Response to it as well as the stance of politicians, reform groups and other leading experts on what in 2017 is an escalating problem for UK prisons. Contains analysis and data from over 30 years, bringing together key knowledge and information at a critical time of concern and attention.


‘A superb publication and coming at exactly the right time. This book cuts through the rhetoric with a forensic analysis of the problems coupled with practical, low cost and rapidly achievable recommendations. It makes for uncomfortable but essential reading for all those responsible for the policy and practice of suicide prevention’— John Podmore, International Prisons Consultant and former prison governor.
‘Rarely has a book been more timely or pertinent than this one is…a thorough, wide-ranging and nuanced account of suicides in prison which contextualises, describes and analyses 36 years of data… a call to arms for those working in penal research, policy and practice’— Philippa Tomczak PhD. Criminology Research Fellow, School of Law, University of Sheffield; Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellow.
‘Places the issue firmly in the context of theoretical perspectives, recent research and expert commentaries…A book for practitioners, policy-makers, researchers and students alike’— Carol Robinson, University of York.
‘An important book about a subject that receives too little attention’—John Bateson, San Francisco, author and former suicide prevention counsellor.
'Suicide in Prisons not only provides a unique platform where psychological theory and research meet, but also goes one step further, and puts the emphasis on the role of practitioners in the implementation of empirical findings in their everyday work. Written in a very clear, coherent and accessible way, this book is a, 'must-have' for everyone who works with prisoners'— Joanna Golec, MA in Psychology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.


Professor David A. Crighton is a Consultant Psychologist and Hon. Professor of Psychology at Durham University (UK). Professor Graham J. Towl is Professor of Forensic Psychology at Durham University and Visiting Clinical Professor at Newcastle University (UK).

All author proceeds go to the Samaritans.

Alternative format ISBNs: PDF ebook ISBN 9781910979303. EPUB / Kindle ebook ISBN 9781910979297.

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