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Preventing prison suicide

The Howard League and Centre for Mental Health are working together on a joint programme aimed at saving lives in prison

On average, a prisoner dies by suicide every three days. The need for urgent action is clear

Prisons need to become safer, healthier places to reduce suicide risk

A prison regime should be built around a normal life. People in prison should be able to get up, have a shower and breakfast, occupy themselves productively, socialise and exercise and go outdoors

All prisons need enough staff with the right mix of skills and experience to be able to keep prisoners safe from harm

The Incentives and Earned Privileges (IEP) scheme is having a detrimental impact on the wellbeing of prisoners. It is incompatible with a healthy, constructive regime

The use of solitary confinement is detrimental to prisoners’ health and wellbeing and increases the risk of suicide. It inherently reduces protective factors against suicide

Investigations into self-inflicted deaths in prison must lead to action to reduce risk.