Remand prisoners 'likely to feel suicidal'

  • Almost a quarter (23%) of remand prisoners said they felt depressed or suicidal when they arrived at prison.
  • More than a third said they had a drug (35%) or mental health problem (36%).
  • Nearly half (47%) had problems obtaining bail information.
  • More than half (58%) of unconvicted prisoners said they spent less than four hours out of their cell on a weekday.
  • While most wanted to take part in work or education, a lack of places and the prioritisation of sentenced prisoners meant some were unable to do so.
  • Remand prisoners showed little awareness of the support available.
  • While almost two-fifths (39%) said they expected to have housing problems on release, only a fifth said they knew who to contact for help.

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Remand change proposals

The way defendants are held on remand in jail should be overhauled to ensure costly prison places are not being used unnecessarily, the Chief Inspector of Prisons has said.