In the Media

England's secret 'death penalty'

PUBLISHED July 29, 2004

As a new report highlights the worrying extent of self-harm in Britain the situation in prisons is particularly disturbing. But in jails in Scotland and New York, simple measures seem to have made a big impact.

Almost two people every week kill themselves in prison in England and Wales. Were it not for the alertness and prompt action of cellmates and prison staff, that figure would be higher.