Suicide on death row

J Forensic Sci. 2002 Sep;47(5):1108-11.


The suicide rate on death row for the period 1976 through 1999 was found to be high (113 per 100,000 per year), some five times higher than the suicide rate for the male population of the United States. The death row suicide rate was predicted by features of the death row population (negatively with the population on death row) and by social indicators of the society as a whole (negatively with birth and divorce rates and positively with marriage rates).

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Capital Punishment*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prisoners / psychology*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Conditions
  • Social Support
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data*