Prisoners: Suicide:Written question - 61806

Asked by Paul Flynn
(Newport West)

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Asked on: 26 January 2017
Ministry of Justice
Prisoners: Suicide
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners who died by suicide in England and Wales in 2016 were known drug users.
Answered by: Mr Sam Gyimah
Answered on: 31 January 2017

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) records a range of information about each self-inflicted death in prison, but whether or not the deceased was a drug user is not included within the information that is centrally recorded.

Where a prisoner’s drug use played a part in his or her death this is identified in the investigation by the Prisons & Probation Ombudsman and by the Coroner at the inquest, and NOMS considers and acts on any recommendations that may result.

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