Ministers urged to investigate rate of prison suicides


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Ministers urged to investigate rate of prison suicides

Shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan says prisons have become dens of violence and number of deaths is a national disgrace

Matthew Taylor and Sandra Laville http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/oct/18/ministers-inquiry-prison-suicides

 The Guardian, Saturday 18 October 2014

Chris Grayling
Chris Grayling, the justice secretary. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Ministers have been urged to launch an urgent inquiry into the number of suicides in prison after a Guardian investigation revealed that more than six inmates a month are taking their own life.

The shadow justice secretary, Sadiq Khan, described the situation as a “national disgrace” and said ministers should extend the ongoing Harris inquiry, which is looking into deaths in custody among 18-24-year-olds, to include the entire prison population.

“No one expects prisons to be five-star hotels but the public do expect some basic levels of decency,” said Khan. “Instead, prisons have become dens of violence, where deaths…

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