Thursday, July 13, 2017

Review shows deficiencies at Maine youth prison following transgender teen suicide

An outside consultant hired by the Maine Department of Corrections to review suicide prevention practices at the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland has found several deficiencies in the wake of a trangender teen resident’s suicide last year.

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Among his recommendations:

  • That the Maine DOC and/or the Maine Criminal Justice Academy develop a curriculum specific to suicide prevention in juvenile correctional facilities
  • That all direct care, security, education, medical and mental health staff should receive eight hours of initial suicide prevention training, followed by a minimum of two hours of annual training
  • That the comprehensive screening process for identification of suicide risk be improved
  • That all youth on suicide precautions be allowed to attend school and receive family visits and telephone calls unless those privileges have been suspended
If they can't take care of the kids then they should just shut it down.  

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