Calculating Jail Suicide Rates: A Rebuttal to Michael O'Toole

Lester, David; Bijou Yang
January 2008
American Jails;Jan/Feb2008, Vol. 21 Issue 6, p45
The article argues Michael O'Toole's calculation of jail suicides in the U.S. O'Toole's hypothetical data suggests his argument that jail suicide rates should be based on admissions and not on the average daily population makes the rates useless. It adds that the suicide rates in different jails can not be compared, whereas suicide rates can not be compared with the suicide rate of male adults in the general population.


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