Why are so many people committing suicide in prison? – BBC Newsnight

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

BBC Newsnight reports on the alarming levels of prisoners committing suicide and hear from the mothers who lost children to a prison process that failed them. Please subscribe HERE

Prison suicides are barely mentioned – outside the sensational ones that grab the headlines.

But over the last ten years there has been a dramatic rise in prisoners taking their own lives – up 220 percent. A death in prison can leave victims of crime, as well as families, desperate to understand what went wrong.

Newsnight goes behind bars to try and understand the part of the system that isn’t working. We discover a world in which mental health is treated too often with custodial sentencing, in which officers are promised training they never receive, and a world in which checks, that have never been made on prisoners, are recorded and falsified.

We speak to families who presumed their loved ones would serve short sentences in relative safety – only to find they would never return home.

Newsnight’s Richard Watson reports.

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24 comments

jie li July 22, 2021 - 6:54 AM

border problem actually it's dollar problem! people into America for what? of cause for dollar! so we need depreciation dollar! then border problem will fixed!

Ketchup Lad July 22, 2021 - 6:56 AM

Surely its just cos theyre in prison n prison is miserable

Oxnyx of The Winter Stars July 22, 2021 - 6:57 AM

You cut people off from contact with their network of known people and give many of them a kick on the confidence? Sounds like a pretty great way to trigger depression

V Eileen July 22, 2021 - 6:59 AM

I’m wondering if it’s because they had mental health issues to begin with and no coping skills to survive the punishment.

Nathan Williams July 22, 2021 - 7:00 AM

The Prison You Can’t Smell Or Taste Or Touch. ~ Morpheus

Michael B. Penis July 22, 2021 - 7:10 AM

Probably the constant ass rape might have something to do with it.

Zuko104 July 22, 2021 - 7:28 AM

Really dumb question

Gabrielle Greiner July 22, 2021 - 7:37 AM

Gee I wonder why!

M2300 July 22, 2021 - 7:50 AM

Perfect for the one world order, save on the culling vaccines.. is there no end to your agenda BS'BBC 🇨🇳

Jonny Sizzle July 22, 2021 - 7:53 AM

Who cares thats why they re removed from society

Dodge E Wanker July 22, 2021 - 8:06 AM

Why are people killing themselves in prison?? Thats the stupidest question I've ever heard

chan daren July 22, 2021 - 8:14 AM

An unsound mind might cause more damage. Could have killed innocent victims. Society/politician could have done more to protect its citizens.

Sean Lucero July 22, 2021 - 8:25 AM

Criminals saving us taxpayers the money of executing them. Fine with me

A. J. Atkinson ART July 22, 2021 - 8:32 AM

Cost effectiveness, this world is run by money.

P T July 22, 2021 - 8:35 AM

Because they are probably on antidepressants – which have a known risk of inducing suicidal ideation.

tanorax July 22, 2021 - 9:24 AM

They r str8 🤷🏼‍♂️

Syed Furqan July 22, 2021 - 9:25 AM

It is bcz of DEATH NOTE 😹

David Johnson July 22, 2021 - 9:27 AM

Probably because they are the ones in prison for stupid reasons, 5 years for stealing a smartphone, some sweets, or some stupid fine or non-payment of some tax, council tax or TV license which they couldn't afford. Some people are in prison without a proper sentence, so it is almost indefinite. Just read up about Osvaldas Pagirys or Osime Brown, both cases as bad as George Floyd in my opinion. 5 years and deportation for a boy with learning difficulties and the other one killing himself in prison for stealing sweets. My heart absolutely breaks and it goes to show how EVIL the Tories are yet we keep on voting for these s/bags.

Jelly Whit July 22, 2021 - 9:31 AM

People killing them selves in prison; as good as a self cleaning oven, Republican base in America not getting vaccinated from Covid19 contracting and dying

Magical Capi July 22, 2021 - 10:12 AM

A reflect of an unforgiven society. Before you even being born, you have to pray that everything is set in motion to you become what the society approves. One wrong move, maybe even from another, and everything is gone.

Sliu July 22, 2021 - 10:20 AM

This comment section is not good/trash.

David Lawrence July 22, 2021 - 10:36 AM

"Why are so many men committing suicide in prison?"
There, I've corrected the title for you.

Jared Green July 22, 2021 - 10:37 AM

Prison sucks duh

Syed shabaz Haider naqvi July 22, 2021 - 10:45 AM

Ty