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Perpetration of Interpersonal Violence, Incarceration, and Subsequent Risk for Firearm Suicide


This study will investigate the relationship between incarceration and subsequent firearm suicide over four decades in Washington State.




Quantify the relationship between perpetration of crime, with a focus on violent crime, and subsequent firearm suicide over four decades in Washington State.


  • Link data from the Washington State Patrol, the Jail Booking and Reporting System, the Washington State Department of Corrections, and death certificates to create a dataset that includes all citations, jail bookings, and imprisonments in Washington State.
  • Compare incidence of firearm suicide death among formerly incarcerated individuals with that of a population matched for age, sex, and race within the state for the same period.
  • For suicides in King County, obtain detailed information on death investigations from the medical examiner’s office.
  • Identify themes in narratives collected using qualitative reviews.
  • Characterize circumstances preceding death through natural language processing.


This study will inform efforts to reduce firearm suicide in the formerly incarcerated population and those transitioning back into the community.


  • Incarceration and Subsequent Risk of Suicide: A Statewide Cohort Study

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Doctoral Student

Erin R. Morgan, epidemiology, University of Washington. Morgan’s work focuses on suicide prevention through lethal means safety interventions and the intersection of inter-personal and self-directed violence. While pursuing her master’s degree in epidemiology at the University of Washington, Ms. Morgan worked with Public Health-Seattle & King County to update surveillance tools and communication materials for community firearm safety. Her firearm-related research papers have appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, JAMA Pediatrics, and Annals of Internal Medicine and Injury Prevention.

Grant Amount
Award Type
University of Washington
Erin R. Morgan, epidemiology, University of Washington
Expected Completion Date
December 2021
Year Awarded
Focus Areas
Gun Suicides