Suicides (Winchester Prison)

Home Department written question – answered on 26th June 2001.

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Photo of Mark Oaten Mark Oaten Liberal Democrat, Winchester

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list (a) suicide rates for each of the last five years at Winchester prison and (b) the national prison average for the same period.

Photo of Beverley Hughes Beverley Hughes Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The rates and numbers of self-inflicted prisoner deaths at Winchester prison and establishments in England and Wales as a whole, are set out in the table. The Prison Service's new suicide prevention strategy targets prisoners most at risk in the types of prisons, mostly locals, where the risk of suicides is highest. There is an early focus on pilots in five establishments--including Winchester--with a range of changes that include physical improvements to reception and induction areas and more first night support centres and safe cells.

The number and rates of self-inflicted deaths for Winchester prison and all establishments in England and Wales between 1 January 1997 and 21 June 2001
Winchester prison England and Wales
Year Number Rate per 100,000 Number Rate per 100,000
1997 2 349 68 111
1998 5 710 82 125
1999 2 406 91 140
2000 4 984 81 125
2001 2 (2)383 29 --

(2) Rate based on average year population up to 31 May 2001

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charlie peachey
Posted on 19 Feb 2007 9:52 am

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Pauline Campbell
Posted on 19 Feb 2007 6:19 pm (Report this annotation)

The comment posted on 19.02.07, 9.52 am, is offensive vitriol, namely (i) "people that have comitted [sic] an offence should be put to death anyway"; (ii) "inmates killing themselves is a good thing".

I cite the following two cases of prisoners' deaths:

(1) The first woman prisoner to die in 2007 (an apparently self-inflicted death) was a young mother in her twenties, who died on 05.01.07. She has left behind 5 motherless children, the youngest 18 months old. The woman was in the so-called care of HMP Eastwood Park, Gloucestershire; on remand for a non-violent offence, and therefore legally innocent when she died.

(2) The inquest into the tragic death of Gareth Myatt is currently in progress. Aged 15, the boy was pinned down by 3 guards and asphyxiated in Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre, Northamptonshire, in 2004. The boy choked on his own vomit.

Civilised people in a civilised society do not call for a return of the death penalty, because it is mediaeval and barbaric.