Suicide and murder rate in British prisons at highest level for years

Palesa Manaleng

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Suicide and murder rate in prisons in England and Wales have reached their highest levels in years according to figures by the Ministry of Justice.
A report in the Guardian notes that in 2013, there were four alleged homicides – the highest number since 1998 – and 70 apparently self-inflicted deaths, more than at any time since 2008. There were 199 deaths in prisons in England and Wales in total.
Male prisoner’s suicide and self-harm is said to be rising year on year. In 2013, five male prisons each recorded three self-inflicted deaths. While the suicide rate among female prisoners has fallen.
Statistics gathered by the Prison Reform Trust indicate mental health problems may be behind the increase in suicide and self-harm rates: 26% of women and 16% of men were treated for a mental health problem in the year before custody.
And 62% of male and 52% female prisoners are classed as having a personality disorder.

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