‘Hidden Crisis’ – The Record Levels of Self-Harm in Prison

The record level of self-harm behind bars is a “hidden crisis” in which numbers are continuing to soar “unabated”, campaigners have said. Peter Dawson, director of the Prison Reform Trust, issued the warning as official figures revealed incidents of self-harm in jail hit a new high of more than 60,000 in a year. According to data released […]

HMYOI brinsford no increase in violence but a ‘dreadful’ rise in self-harm

HMYOI brinsford avoided massive increases in violence seen in many other jails but must address a ‘dreadful’ rise in self-harm by young adult prisoners and change a regime in which they are locked in cells for long periods of the day, according to prison inspectors. brinsford was inspected in November 2017. Inspectors concluded that “boredom […]

Suicide Figures ‘A Damning Indictment’ of the State of Prisons Warn MPs

“Mental health figures of prisoners are ’20 years out of date” Appalling levels of suicide and self-harm behind bars are a “damning indictment” of the state of prisons, a Commons committee has warned. In a highly critical assessment, MPs argued there are “deep-rooted failures” in the management of prisoners’ mental well-being. The deteriorating prison estate […]

Why prison is never the right place for seriously mentally ill vulnerable people

A report of the Prisoner Ombudsman’s investigation into Mr Lynch’s self-harm in Maghaberry Prison in June 2014 was published today. The self-harm that Sean Lynch inflicted over a three day period was extreme and shocking. It followed deterioration of his mental health in the community and increasingly bizarre behaviour in prison. Although a detailed Forensic […]

Yarls Wood high self harm

Immigration detainees at the controversial Yarl’s Wood centre have required medical treatment after self-harming on average more than once a week in the last two years, official figures show. The Home Office revealed that in 2014 there were 61 incidents of self-harm which required medical treatment, while in 2013 there were 74. The revelation prompted […]

Swansea prison “ignoring death in custody advice” say inspectors

Swansea jail settled but the prison was complacent about serious incidents of self harm and in a prison with four self inflicted deaths since the last inspection the prison was ignoring advice about fatal incidents from the Prisons Ombudsman Inspectors said: HMP Swansea is a local prison serving the courts of South Wales and holding […]

INQUEST response to the YJB Child Deaths Report

INQUEST response to Youth Justice Board report on deaths of children in custody Deborah Coles, co-director of INQUEST said: “Whilst this report offers some insight into the Board’s learning from child deaths, it can be no substitute for a wider review. “INQUEST’s work on the deaths of children shows the same issues of concern repeat […]