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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“Mental health figures of prisoners are ’20 years out of date” Appalling levels of suicide and self-harm behind bars are a “damning indictment” of the state of prisons, a Commons committee has warned.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 […]

Man kills himself awaiting verdict in £20m fraud trial

  A businessman killed himself while on trial with members of his family for a £20 million fraud, it can be reported today. Peter Benstead, 72, was found dead in a vehicle near his home in Cornwall on Sunday afternoon, hours after being reported missing. Jurors at London’s Southwark Crown Court were only told of […]

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 […]