In the Media

Prison suicide scrutiny widened

PUBLISHED April 29, 2005

A judge yesterday ordered a public inquiry into a suicide attempt by a vulnerable remand prisoner which left him with permanent brain damage.

In a ruling that paves the way for public inquiries into suicide attempts by other "at risk" prisoners, Mr Justice Munby said the attempted suicide of the inmate raised "real and very worrying doubts" about whether there was sufficient protection for those who posed serious suicide risks while in prison.