In the Media

Rise in prison suicides blamed on overcrowding

PUBLISHED June 17, 2005

A sudden spate of suicides in prison has been blamed on record numbers behind bars. Twelve inmates have killed themselves in the past fortnight, with victims ranging in age from 24 to 64.

Prison service chiefs, shocked by the surge of suicides, have begun an urgent investigation into the unexpected trend. They believed they finally had a grip on the problem, but have been taken aback by the rate of a suicide almost every day this month.