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No Fatalities In Portland Prisons During 2014

The Verne 1

7:39am 22nd January 2015
(Updated 7:31am 23rd January 2015)

Portland Prison is one of nearly forty prisons across the country where none of its prisoners died over the last year.

New figures published today (22nd January) by the Howard League for Penal Reform showed 82 prisoners took their own lives during 2014.

Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: "No one should be so desperate whilst they are in the care of the state that they take their own life.

"The numbers hide the true extent of misery inside prisons and for families. It is particularly tragic that teenagers and other young people have died by their own hand in our prisons and we should all be ashamed that this happened.

"Hard-pressed prison staff have to save lives by cutting people down almost every day and without this the death toll would be even higher.

"It is evident that people are dying as a direct result of the cuts to the number of staff, particularly more experienced staff, in every prison.

"The government has chosen to allow the prison population to increase whilst it cuts staff, and that has led to an increase in people dying by suicide."

In total 234 people died in prisons in England and Wales with 120 of them dying of natural causes.

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