Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Prisoner Deaths - Self Harming In A Harmful Society


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You can get alerts to what is happening in mental health or prisons or whatever search terms you input for theyworkforyou.com alerts . Below is the amount of incidents of self harming done by prisoners by certain category .. Mental health care in the UK is often a dog in kennel for sure but in prison its with a greater hell too .. If you have spent time there you'll know what we mean...

Prisoners: Death


Written answers and statements, 22 March 2010

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Simon Burns (Whip, Whips; West Chelmsford, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) how many deaths of prisoners serving a determinate sentence were recorded in each year since 2005; how many such deaths were self-inflicted; and how many determinate sentenced prisoners there were in each of those years;

(2) how many incidents of self-harm were recorded by prisoners serving a determinate sentence in each year since 2005.

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Maria Eagle (Minister of State (also in the Government Equalities Office), Ministry of Justice; Liverpool, Garston, Labour)

The information requested is combined in the following table:

Determinate sentenced prisoners( 1) 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009( 2) 2010( 3)
Population 56,375 56,218 56,120 56,852 n/a n/a
Deaths in custody 94 94 85 98 78 20
Self-inflicted deaths only 29 36 29 25 20 4
Self-harm incidents 13,128 12,241 10,719 11,730 n/a n/a

(1) Determinate prisoners in this answer are defined as those recorded as serving the following sentences: less than or equal to six months; more than six months but less than 12 months; more than or equal to 12 months but less than four years and more than or equal to four years but excluding life. (2) Population figures for 2009 are not available at the time of writing. (3) Self-harm figures for 2009 remain subject to verification and are not yet available. 2010 figures are not available for similar reasons. Two deaths are currently awaiting further information before classifying.

Any death in prison custody is a tragic event. The Government, Ministry of Justice and the National Offender Management Service, (NOMS) are committed to learning from such events and reducing the number of self-inflicted deaths in prison custody.

NOMS has a broad, integrated and evidence-based prisoner suicide prevention and self harm management strategy that seeks to reduce the distress of all those in prison. This encompasses a wide spectrum of prison and Department of Health work around such issues as mental health, substance misuse and resettlement. Any prisoner identified as at risk of suicide or self-harm is cared for using the Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork procedures.

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