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You will be cricified if he does carry out his threat. Let him stay in the hole.
Based on the above information, this inmate is not demonstrating suicidal behavior. You're basically letting the inmate manipulate the situation and, when you allow manipulation, it will never end. So ... what happens? Most of your time is wasted on the manipulators when you should be paying more attention to the inmates who are really sick.
In prison, like anywhere else, the squeaky wheels get the grease ... and that's the real problem. In my experience ... the inmates who complain the most, threaten this or that ... aren't actually the sickest inmates. The sickest inmates typically are the ones you don't hear much from but, that's actually where your license is most at risk.
Statistically, very few inmates actually commit suicide. Inmates are much more likely to die from chronic conditions like asthma, heart disease, etc ... and too often it's due to medical neglect of some kind because too much of our time and resources are wasted on the manipulators.
The guys I really worry about are the older inmates who, at least in my experience, rarely complain until they reach critical conditions. We had one older inmate who died from a heart attack and he rarely complained.
But ... that's where you get the most deaths and, consequently, the most investigations. So I spend more of my time on the chronically ill inmates ... making sure they're getting their meds, doctors appointments scheduled, breathing treatments, etc. Because there's a much greater chance of that coming back on my license ... rather than some inmate who's using suicide threats to dictate housing assignments.
Sure ... I refer them to the psych doctor if they cut themselves. And I have had guys cut themselves alot but, if the MD decides they're manipulating ... we patch up their cuts and that's it. I don't waste any more time on them once they're cleared by psych.
And a funny thing happens ... when you stop rewarding the manipulative behavior, the inmates quit the behavior ... which frees up your time for the inmates who really need medical attention.