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Explaining Suicide by Betty Yung, Katherine A. Hermes, Taronish Irani, Cheryl L. Meyer

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Chapter 8

The Intersection of Suicide and Legal Issues

Abstract

For many of the individuals in our study, entanglement with legal processes had become overwhelming and represented the main reason they were contemplating suicide. Some were criminal cases that involved felonies or multiple charges and would likely result in loss of freedom through time in prison, and some were civil cases such as foreclosures and bankruptcies that would result in major life disruptions. There were also traffic violations and minor car accidents that would only be inconveniences to most people. For all of the individuals in this group, though, their legal involvement took center stage in their lives.

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Law; legal; felonies; DUI; foreclosures; bankruptcy; prison ...

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