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:
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.