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Suicide among women prisoners at a record high, report says

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 17 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:122
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Suicide and self harm among women prisoners in England and Wales are at a record high, says a report by the Prison Reform Trust, which warns that prison is becoming a dumping ground for women with mental health problems.

    Funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the report calls on the government to invest in mental health provision, drug treatment, and supervision in the community as an alternative to prison for vulnerable women accused of non-violent crimes.

    The report praises the Prison Service for overhauling its health policy but says the service is still failing to provide adequate care and that mental health provision in jails is of a much lower …

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