Since January of 2017, Lake County Sheriff’s Corrections Officers prevented the 60th inmate from committing self-harm while in custody. On November 25, 2017, Corrections Officers intervened when a 36 year-old female inmate was striking her head against a wall, in an attempt to harm herself. Corrections Officers entered the inmate’s cell and prevented her from further harming herself. Following the incident, a suicide prevention protocol was initiated for the inmate
In the last five years, corrections officers intervened over 240 times preventing inmates from harming themselves, which includes stopping over 150 suicide attempts.
The Lake County Jail operates a direct supervision facility which consists of one officer supervising up to a 60-person housing unit. This allows inmates the ability to socialize and interact with one another, as long as the rules are followed.
Direct supervision principals result in a well-run, safe and secure jail. The Lake County Jail provides structure for inmates to live in a clean, humane atmosphere, while providing safety and security for inmates and staff.
Sheriff Mark Curran said, “These statistics prove just how prevalent mental illness is in a correctional setting. From the time an inmate enters our facility to the time they are released, protocols are in place to prevent inmates from harming themselves or others; while our broad programming aims at reducing recidivism by utilizing cognitive behavior therapy, identifying risky behaviors, and linking inmates with resources they need for successful reentry into the community.”