Response to the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody consultation on suicide prevention
18 October 2022
“Prison is a particularly inappropriate place for people at high risk of suicide. Life in prison does not effectively address vulnerability and risk and can in fact exacerbate it.
“Prisons should be regarded as a scarce resource and used sparingly. Prisons cannot and should not be the go-to place to reduce the harms or
deficits created by social injustice and other state institutions.
“This being the case the prison estate should be smaller, less overcrowded, and with purposeful and fulfilling regimes.”