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Brady not on ‘suicide watch’ when he died

John Brady is understood not to have been on suicide watch when he died.

There are measures in place, however, to prevent prisoners from endangering themselves while incarcerated.

Individuals are placed on suicide watch when it is believed there is a good chance they will attempt to cause themselves bodily harm.

Everyone admitted into police custody is risk-assessed for potential self-harm and a medical assessment is carried out.

Risk-assessment is ongoing, with police officers looking out for changes in a |prisoner’s demeanour or behaviour.

People under suicide watch are put into an environment where it would be difficult for them to hurt themselves.

They may be placed in a special padded cell and be stripped of anything with which they might self-harm.

This can include belts, shoelaces, clothing and sometimes even bedsheets.

They may be under the continuous or very frequent watch of a prison officer who will intervene if they attempt to harm themselves. Checks would become more frequent — rather than a standard hourly check, they may be every 30 minutes, for example.

Suicide watch regimes in prisons have been criticised for being too restrictive and dismissive of privacy.

Inmates are routinely placed naked in suicide cells, usually bare concrete, often without bedding and under frequent or continuous observation. Insanitary conditions are also common, since toilet paper and underwear are restricted.

Belfast Telegraph