Friday, January 27, 2017
Shocking UK prison suicide numbers demand government action - Independent Catholic News
Shocking UK prison suicide numbers demand government action - Independent Catholic News: Bishop Richard Moth has called on government to redouble its efforts on prison reform following today's report from the Ministry of Justice stating that suicides in prisons across England and Wales reached their highest ever number last year. Describing the 119 self-inflicted deaths, 37,784 self-harm incidents and 25,049 assault incidents as shocking and unacceptable, Bishop Moth said staff shortages and overcrowding were major contributing factors. Last year thousands of staff walked out in protest over health and safety concerns and a number of jails underwent serious disturbances.