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Prisoner Suicides

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her most recent estimate is of the number of prisoners who committed suicide within one year of release from prison in the last period for which figures are available. (113604)

Research undertaken to investigate suicide rates in recently released prisoners in England and Wales between 2000 and 20021 showed that 382 suicides occurred from a group of 244,988 individuals within one year of release from prison; a suicide rate of 156 per 100,000 person-years. 79 (21 per cent.) of these suicides occurred within the first 28 days after release. In all age groups, suicide rates were higher in recently released prisoners than in the general population.


1 Suicide in recently released prisoners: a population-based cohort study. The Lancet, Volume 368, Issue 9530, Pages 119-123 D. Pratt, M. Piper, L Appleby, R. Webb, J. Shaw