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Preventing deaths in prison

Our work on preventing deaths in prison

Netting in Wandsworth prison

A total of 343 people died in prison in 2016. This included 120 people who took their own lives, the highest number in a calendar year since current recording practices began in 1978. On average a prisoner died by suicide every three days in 2016.

Read our analysis of deaths in prison in 2016

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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