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Suicides on the rise in French prisons

Latest update : 2008-10-13

A report by French prison services on Thursday announced an alarming rise in suicide cases among detainees, on the same day that Justice Minister Rachida Dati visited a prison in the city of Metz, where a teenager had taken his life.

Eighty-seven prisoners have committed suicide in French jails since January, the prison services said Thursday, amid alarm over the steadily rising figures.
  
The deaths include that of a 16-year-old who killed himself in jail in the northeastern city of Metz on Monday, prompting a visit there Thursday by French Justice Minister Rachida Dati.
  
The International Observatory of Prisons (OIP) told AFP that the figure was an 18 percent increase year-on-year and underscored that the suicide rate in French jails was seven times higher than in the outside world.

Date created : 2008-10-10

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