Self-harming hits record high at Erlestoke Prison

Self-harming hits record high at Erlestoke Prison

Published by Jack Deery at 5:49am 5th February 2020. (Updated at 5:52am 5th February 2020)

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New figures from the Ministry of Justice has shown an alarming rise at the Wiltshire jail.

There were 285 self-harm incidents between September 2018 and 2019, the highest since records began in 2005. 

On 59 occasions an inmate needed hospital treatment. 

Erlestoke Prison (credit Google Street View)
Incidents hit a record high at the Wiltshire Prison


Erlestoke Prison is a prime example of the national trend as well. 

61,500 self-harm incidents happened at jails across England and Wales, also the highest it has ever been. 

These came from 12,740 different prisoners. 

The Prison Reform Trust says a national failure to ensure humane conditions for prisoners and deal with their mental health problems is being "paid for in human misery and distress".

Director, Peter Dawson, said the figures have revealed a "hidden crisis" of the rising self-harm levels: 

"The Government needs a plan to restore purpose and hope to our prisons. Sending more people to prison longer will make matters worse."

Prison Cell
The number of incidents across the country has risen on the previous year


The data collected did reveal that the number of people that died in custody on a national scale was down 8% from the previous year. 

It's now said the Government are going to be investing more money to make prisons more safe. 

Prisons Minister Lucy Frazer said: 

"While self-harm remains a major cause for concern, I want to thank our hardworking prison staff for their efforts in reducing violence on the wings.

We know there is much more to do, which is why the Government is investing £2.75 billion to make our jails safer - creating 10,000 additional places and stepping up security to cut crime behind bars."

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