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The prisoners’ suicide rate in England and Wales is the highest in seven years, as 82 inmates killed themselves in 2014, up seven from the previous year. According to statistics compiled by the Howard League for Penal Reform, the deaths are a “direct result of the cuts to the number of [prison] staff”. Despite a drop in the average prison population over the last three years, there has been a continued rise in suicides. Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League, said: "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. Moreover, he said: ”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."
Prison suicide rate at highest level since 2007
England, Wales suicide rate highest since 2007
Prison suicides in England and Wales at 'seven-year high'