Prisoners: Suicide

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 6th July 2017.

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Photo of Teresa Pearce Teresa Pearce Labour, Erith and Thamesmead

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoner deaths attributed to suicide were recorded in prisons in each year since 2010.

Photo of Teresa Pearce Teresa Pearce Labour, Erith and Thamesmead

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoner deaths were recorded in each year since 2010.

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

Improving safety is an urgent priority for this Government. We are taking immediate action to strengthen the frontline by recruiting around 2,500 more prison officers and rolling out improved training for staff on suicide and self-harm reduction.

The Government publishes statistics on deaths in custody quarterly, and updated detailed tables annually. They can be viewed at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/safety-in-custody-quarterly-update-to-december-2016--2.

Numbers of deaths in custody for the last ten years (including those that were self-inflicted) are published in Table 1.1 of “Deaths in prison custody 1978 to 2016”. The tables will next be updated and published on 27 July 2017.

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