OFFERING CONSULTATION, TRAINING, AND LITIGATION SUPPORT FOR JAIL AND PRISON SUICIDE
"Error of Opinion may be tolerated where Reason is left free to combat it." Thomas Jefferson
Free initial case consultation is available for attorneys representing plaintiffs or defendants at any stage of the litigation process. Dr. White has been retained as an expert in cases filed in both state and federal courts and is available for anyone needing impartial opinions concerning the viability or defensibility of a suicide related lawsuit.
Litigation Support Services
By specializing in correctional litigation, Dr. White is highly knowledgeable about Federal Civil Rights claims of Deliberate Indifference as well as issues related to negligence and malpractice. He is very familiar with the role and expectations of an expert witness and is prepared to provide all trial related services. Dr. White has provided a wide range of services for both plaintiff and defense attorneys, and has been an expert witness, testifying in criminal, civil, and administrative law proceedings over the course of his career.
Drawing on his years of direct clinical and administrative experience, Dr. White is able to render reliable opinions about professional and correctional standards of care concerning individual treatment, offender programs, and the adequacy of specific policies and practices. Thus, Dr. White offers a unique and integrated perspective on jail and prison suicide that is unmatched by most correctional experts. Also, because he is able to limit case-acceptance rates, Dr. White can optimize the quality of services provided to clients.
Comprehensive litigation services are offered primarily for attorneys and clients, but mental health practitioners, physicians, and law enforcement personnel who find themselves in need of impartial professional expertise concerning correctional suicide may also benefit from our services.
Psychological Autopsy and Suicide Reconstruction
Dr. White is also highly experienced with the more unique service of conducting a psychological autopsy or suicide reconstruction. These services are available to anyone needing a thorough evaluation of an equivocal death or for those seeking to identify possible causes for a suicidal death. A psychological autopsy consists of conducting face-to-face interviews with friends, family, doctors, and other parties who had contact with the deceased. Through this process, a psychological profile of the person is constructed in an effort to understand the feelings, motives and behaviors that led to the death. In addition to personal interviews, this procedure typically includes a review of available records and file materials that describe the subject and, where possible, a comprehensive case formulation developed through consultation with other experienced professionals. With sufficient data, a psychological autopsy can create a mosaic picture that can shed light on the factors leading to questionable deaths or suicide.