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Preventing deaths in prison

Our work on preventing deaths in prison

Netting in Wandsworth prison

A total of 295 people died in prison in 2017. This included 70 people who took their own lives, On average a prisoner died by suicide every five days in 2017.

The Howard League for Penal Reform is a member of the Ministerial Board on Deaths in Custody

Frances Crook gave oral evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights on mental health and deaths in prisons.

Read about our joint programme of work with Centre for Mental Health to prevent prison suicides.

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