29 July 2021

The Ministry of Justice today released the latest statistics on deaths and self-harm in prisons in England and Wales.

Deborah Coles, Director of INQUEST, said: “These statistics reveal the devastating impact of Covid-19 and highly restricted prison regimes on both mental and physical health of people in prisons. For every one of these 396 people’s deaths there is a grieving family, searching for answers.

This government made a choice not to undertake largescale early releases and radically reduce the prison population, long before the second wave of Covid-19 took effect.

In the short-term urgent action is needed to ensure people in prison have access to healthcare and vaccinations and restrictions are eased as soon as possible. In the long term, we need a dramatic reduction of the prison population and more investment in radical community alternatives. Not more prisons.”



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