Sharp increase in prison suicides
The Ministry of Justice has confirmed there were 92 apparent self-inflicted deaths in England and Wales in the same year as a record prison population.
The deaths do not represent a record - but are almost 40% higher than 2006, reversing two years of falls.
According to the Ministry of Justice figures, the number of apparent suicides in jail rose from a low of 67 in 2006 and 78 in 2005. The record number in recent years has been 95 deaths in both 2004 and 2002.
Four people on indeterminate sentences for public protection and 19 on life sentence were among the deaths.
The figures show that, while 92 people killed themselves, more than 100 others were resuscitated after self-harm incidents that would have led to death.
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