In the Media

Suicide 'epidemic' hits women's jails

PUBLISHED June 1, 2004

An unprecedented number of female prisoners have killed themselves over the last two months, prompting fears of a suicide "epidemic" in women's jails.

New Prison Service figures reveal that a total of six female inmates have taken their lives since 1 April. That compares to a total of 14 prisoners who killed themselves throughout the whole of last year - itself a record for women suicides in jails.