Almost one a day

The latest ‘Safety in Custody Statistics Bulletin’ from the Ministry of Justice of England and Wales makes for disquieting reading.

It covers deaths in custody to December 2016, compared to the previous 12-month period.

2016 saw a “record level of 354 deaths in prison custody, up from 97 the previous year” although the three murders were down by five compared to the previous year. “There was a record high of 119 self-inflicted deaths, up 29, 12 of which were in the female estate. The rate of self-inflicted deaths has doubled since 2012. The likelihood of death in custody is 1.7 times higher than in the general population, while self inflicted death is 8.6 times more likely.”

‘Self-inflicted deaths’: a nice euphemism.

Picture source: West Midlands Police