Glen Parva Prison has highest record of deaths of young people and children over last 4 years

The report documents the deaths of 62 people aged 18 to 24, one 15-year-old and two 17-year-olds Credit: PA

65 young people have died in prisons in England and Wales over the last four years, a report has revealed.

Glen Parva prison in Leicester had the highest number of recorded deaths, with 6 recorded over the 4 year period.

On average one young person a month took their life in jail between January 2011 and December 2014.

The report documents the deaths of 62 people aged 18 to 24, two 17-year-olds and one 15-year-old.

The report showed that:

  • 83% of the 65 deaths were classified as "self-inflicted"

  • 49% of the prisoners who had died had a history of self-harm, while 70% had mental health issues

  • 23% of the children and young people who died had special needs or learning difficulties.

The report was funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, and calls for a rethink about the use of prison

"These deaths are the most extreme outcome of a system that fails some of

Deborah Coles, 'INQUEST' custody bereavement charity