Suicides in prison rise by almost a third in 2018

Jack Peat - 31 January 2019

The number of prisoners who died by suicide rose by almost a third in 2018, figures seen by the Howard League for Penal Reform reveal today.

Overall deaths in custody rose by 10 per cent, the statistics show, and assaults increased by 20 per cent in the 12 months to September 2018.

Some 325 people died in prisons in England and Wales, including 92 men and women who lost their lives through suicide – a 31 per cent rise compared to 2017... See more