Friday, August 3, 2012

57 Deaths In U.K. Prisons Through Out The Year 2011.

THERE were 57 apparently self-inflicted deaths among prisoners in England and Wales in 2011, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said.

The figure was down one on 2010, but the MoJ said there were 20 unclassified deaths where it had not yet been possible to determine cause of death and therefore classify it as apparently self-inflicted, natural causes or other non-natural.

There also remain seven unclassified deaths from 2010.

Self-inflicted deaths include all deaths where it appears that a prisoner has acted specifically to take their own life. About 80% of these deaths receive a suicide or open verdict at inquest.
Prisons minister Crispin Blunt said: “Every death in prison is a tragedy, and affects families, staff and other prisoners deeply.

“I would like to acknowledge the efforts of those who work in our prisons and those who care for the most vulnerable prisoners.

“The continued reduction in the number of self-inflicted deaths in our prisons is welcome news. This is testament to the good work being done by staff in our prisons.

“The Government remains fully committed to reducing deaths in custody