Weiss EM, et al. Deadly restraint: a Hartford Courant investigative report.
Hartford Courant 1998; October 11 15.
IMPORTANT NOTES FROM CHAS:
GADZ! In March of 2005 I discovered that, sometime in 2003 or 2004 the Hartford Courant stopped offering free access to this series of articles! So, the LINKS I'd previously provided here (in lieu of typing and coding all the pages of this series) haven't been working for who-knows-how-long!
Because this series continues to be so important to restraint asphyxia research (being the FIRST of its kind, and still the and ONLY one to date), and because its statistical data remains valid (even though much of its explanatory content is terrifically inaccurate and/or outdated), I went to the expense and significant WORK (five days!) to "recreate" the whole thing, and post it here.
The archived HC articles I purchased no longer included the photos, graphics, or the Data Base that accompanied the originally-published article. Thankfully, I had printed a copy of the series in 2002. Although the photographs and graphics were already "gone" even then, I did have a hard copy of the DATA BASE. So, I was able to scan those pages into 11 jpg files, and post them in this library.
Because I'm sooooo pressed for time, my html-coding of this series is quite BASIC, and not "pretty." But, the HC content remains unaltered, and this article series is AGAIN available FOR FREE, to those who want or need to read it.
This Investigative Series consists of FIVE articles
about 142 restraint deaths that occurred between
1988 and 1998, within 50 of the United States of America.
THREE "reference" articles accompanied the series' original publication:
OH! A "BONUS":
In March, 2005, when I was searching for all the series' related articles in the HC archives, I found several OTHER ARTICLES! Some are called "side bars;" some seem to be "extra" articles; and 3 were published after the series ended, but are ASSOCIATED articles. I bought them, coded them, and posted them here for you. So, now this posting of the "series" includes stuff that is NEW to many.
If these OTHER ARTICLES were published on the same day as a SERIES article, the are posted on that SERIES DAY "page" following the SERIES DAY article.
The three published AFTER the SERIES ended, are posted on their own page, with their own link.
Lastly, EVERY PAGE has its own set of LINKS. So, you'll not have to come back here to move on to the next page of articles.
How the Courant Conducted Its Investigation
"Glossary of Terms" used by the authors
Hartford Courant DEADLY RESTRAINT Investigation DATA BASE
DAY ONE; October 11: A Nationwide Pattern of Death
DAY TWO; October 12: Little Training, Few Standards, Poor Staffing Put Lives At Risk
DAY THREE; October 13: Patients Suffer In A System Without Oversight
DAY FOUR; October 14: People Die And Nothing Is Done
DAY FIVE; October 15: From "Enforcer" To Counselor
Hartford Courant October 17th-published Related Article:
REFORM URGED IN USE OF RESTRAINTS
U.S. LAWMAKERS RESPOND TO REPORT ON DEATHS
Hartford Courant October 24th-published Related Article:
GROUPS CALL FOR REFORM IN USE OF RESTRAINTS
MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS REACT TO REPORTS OF
142 DEATHS IN FACILITIES
Hartford Courant DECEMBER 16th-published Related Article:
USE OF IMPROPER RESTRAINTS WIDESPREAD, GROUPS SAY