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Targeting 'terminal malignant alienation': Improving health literacy and reducing deaths in prison

Targeting 'terminal malignant alienation': Improving health literacy and reducing deaths in prison

Fiddler, Michael and Jolliffe, Darrick (2016) Targeting 'terminal malignant alienation': Improving health literacy and reducing deaths in prison. In: Justice and Penal Reform conference, 16th-18th March 2016, Keble College, Oxford. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

In 2015, The Harris Review released its findings into self-inflicted deaths in custody amongst 18-24 year olds. It highlighted that the problems discussed in the 1999 HM Chief Inspector of Prisons’ thematic review (entitled Suicide is Everyone’s Concern) have persisted in the intervening years. This paper is an attempt to briefly map the landscape of mental health issues in prisons and their connection to deaths in custody. Drawing upon research conducted by the University of Greenwich that fed into The Harris Review, this paper’s focus rests more narrowly upon prisons in England and Wales. Specifically, we will explore the ways in which a co-morbidity of mental health disorders can interact with the environmental conditions that are likely to be encountered in prison settings. Whilst acknowledging that there are clearly no simple solutions, we will set out the importance of improving mental health literacy amongst prison officers, thereby improving ‘terminal malignant alienation’. It will be argued that a renewed focus upon training that emphasises recognition, management and prevention in relation to mental health disorders has the potential to ease this particular pain of imprisonment for prisoners and officers alike.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Prison, suicide, self-harm, deaths in custody
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Law & Criminology Research Group
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Last Modified: 14 Dec 2016 10:51
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/15145

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