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NCI publish study into self inflicted deaths in prison

The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness have published a national study of self-inflicted deaths in prisons between 1997 and 2007.  Some of the key findings of the study were:

  • 766 self inflicted deaths occured among prisoners in 110 prisons, averaging 85 deaths per year.
  • 9 self-inflicted deaths occured under the care of the Prison Escort Custody Service and the majority of these were in court cells
  • 705 self inflicted deaths were by hanging or self strangulation
  • 696 self inflicted deaths were male, and there was a male to female ratio of nearly 10:1
  • 102 prisoners were from a Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) group.
  • 361 prisoners had one or more psychiatric diagnosis/es recorded. 
  • 226 prisoners had a history of NHS mental health service contact.
To read the full study, please visit the NCI's website by clicking here.

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