Record levels of self-harm show women’s prisons are in crisis

Record levels of self-harm show women’s prisons are in crisis

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Responding to latest figures which show that self-harm by female prisoners reached a record high in 2020, Liberal Democrat Justice Spokesperson Wera Hobhouse MP said: "Our prisons are in crisis. The amount of self-harm, especially in women's prisons, is shockingly high and rising. "Far too many women are sent to prison on short sentences for non-violent offences. In many cases these women have been victims of abuse and have suffered trauma which has led them into a life of disadvantage and low level crime, but many also have caring responsibilities. "Being in prison will set off the next round of trauma and disadvantage for those that depend on them. We have to break this destructive circle. "Women should only be sent to prison where absolutely necessary: for the most serious…
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Record high of self harm in prisons shows extent of crisis

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Responding to the statistics released today showing that self-harm incidents in custody have risen again, reaching a record high, Liberal Democrat Justice Spokesperson Daisy Cooper said: “Our prisons are in crisis. The number of self-harm incidents, especially in women’s prisons, is shockingly high and rising. "Because of overcrowding and under-staffing, prisoners spend far too much time locked in their cells, with a lack of support or purposeful activity. To make matters worse, the Conservative Government has introduced new laws that its own assessment says could well lead to more violence and self-harm in prisons. "Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to end overcrowding, including by scrapping pointless short sentences that cause overcrowding and actually increase re-offending. "Women should only be sent to prison where absolutely necessary: for the most…
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