Prisoners: Suicide

Justice written question – answered on 20th February 2012.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat, Carshalton and Wallington

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the date of first reception into custody was for each prisoner who committed suicide in custody in England and Wales in 2011; and what the length of sentence was for each such prisoner who had been sentenced.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

On 1 January the Ministry of Justice announced that there had been 57 apparent self inflicted deaths in 2011. A fuller picture on deaths is provided in the annual Safety in Custody bulletin which is produced by the National Offender Management Service and the Ministry of Justice. This publication covers deaths, self-harm and assaults among prisoners in custody; and contains statistics relating to self-inflicted deaths in custody from 2001 in England and Wales. The 2011 bulletin will be published on 24 July 2012.

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