INQUEST responds to latest MOJ Safety in Custody stats
The Ministry of Justice today released the latest statistics on safety, deaths and self harm in custody. Statistics show the rate of self-inflicted deaths has more than doubled since 2013, and the number of incidents of self-harm has reached a record high. There were 113 self-inflicted deaths in the 12 months to March 2017, 10 of which were in the female estate.
Deborah Coles, Director of INQUEST says:
“These shocking figures reflect the desperate reality of prison life characterised by suicide, self-harm and violence and the failure to protect those in its care. Prisons are places where the safety and dignity of prisoners is increasingly under threat.
Politicians need to address this failing system and the associated economic and human costs. Prison is an ineffective and expensive intervention that fails in its stated aims. It fails to rehabilitate, thereby failing victims and communities. Until there is a dramatic reduction in the use of prison and a redirection of resources into radical community alternatives, then the death and harm will continue.”
‘Let me record my thanks to and appreciation and admiration for the organisation INQUEST… That organisation, which is based in my constituency, has done amazingly good work over a long period in supporting the families of people who have died in custody. Nothing is popular about such cases, but the organisation has been dogged in pursuing them. I think we should appreciate the value of civil society organisations of that kind which do so much to promote decent standards and liberty, and which help the House to produce better legislation.’
– Jeremy Corbyn MP