Government report on self-inflicted deaths in prison custody

The Ministry of Justice has released a statistical notice on self-inflicted deaths in prison custody from 1978 to 2014. Here are some of the key findings:

– The rate of self-inflicted deaths increased by over 30 per cent from 2010 to 2013.

– Almost a quarter of deaths occur within a week of arriving in prison.

– 40 per cent of self-inflicted deaths were of prisoners on remand.

– The rate of self-inflicted deaths tends to increase with the age of the prisoner.