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Examining the rise in prison suicides

Published on: 10 May 2017
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Examining the rise in prison suicides
  • What is the basis of the legal challenge against the governor of the prison and Secretary of State for Justice?
  • On what grounds are the relatives calling for a judicial review? What particular action or a lack of action on the part of the public body are the relatives challenging?
  • Ministry of Justice figures show that 119 inmates killed themselves in 2016 and assaults and self-harm also rose. How can the government improve these figures?
  • The justice secretary claimed that upcoming reforms in the Prisons and Courts Bill 2017 will address issues of self-harm and suicide in prisons. Now that the Bill has been scrapped, what next for this area of prison reform?
  • Are there any other salient points worth mentioning?

Article summary

Public Law analysis: Relatives of prisoners at HMP Woodhill who committed suicide while in jail have launched a judicial review against the governor of the prison and the Secretary of State for Justice, calling for immediate action. Kim Harrison, principal lawyer at Slater and Gordon, looks at the background to the legal challenge and how the government can address the escalating problem of prison suicide rates. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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