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Thursday, September 15, 2005

'Shock' over prison suicide rates

Men in prison are five times more likely to commit suicide than those in the general population, a Lancet online study has found.

Mental illness and overcrowding are possible explanations, the University of Oxford researchers suggested.

The analysis of suicide rates in England and Wales from 1978 to 2003 found the difference was particularly striking in 15- to 17-year olds.

Prisoners in that age group were 18 times more likely to kill themselves.

"The higher rate amongst teenagers might be caused by these boys having high rates of mental illness which are not being picked up, and their not receiving the detox they need for drug problems."

Nothing to do with them getting raped, buggered and violently sexually assualted by their fellow inmates then?

An illuminating paper on the subject of Sex, Sexual Violence and Coercion in Men's Prisons in South African jails by Sasha Gear

Stop Prison Rape Website (US)
Prison Rape Resources
Male Survivors


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