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The Role Of Self-Harm In Prisons

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First, the authors found the total number of prisoners in the New York City jail. They determined that, despite having 80,000 people admitted yearly, there were roughly 12,000 inmates on any given day, due to incredibly short sentences. Next, they studied the amount of self-harm from the dates of January 1st of 2010 to October 31st of 2012, but had a different deadline for the inmates arriving after July of 2012. Their end date was pushed to January 1st of 2013. The authors express the term “self-harm” as “an act performed by individuals on themselves with the potential to result in physical injury, and potentially fatal self-harm as an act with a high probability of causing significant disability or death, regardless of whether death actually
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