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Prisons: Suicide

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 16th February 2017.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State's oral contribution of 24 January 2017, Official Report, column 156, when she plans to publish the findings of her investigation into self-inflicted deaths in prisons.

Photo of Sam Gyimah Sam Gyimah The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

We carefully study the details of all deaths in custody to determine whether there are any patterns, or lessons to be learned, to further our understanding of why these tragic events happen.

We have put in place a range of measures to help to support prisoners who are at risk of self-harm or suicide, especially in the first 24 hours when prisoners are at their most vulnerable. We are also investing in mental health awareness training for staff.

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