Self-harm among female prisoners in England and Wales at record high

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Official figures show steep rise during pandemic in number of incidents involving women

Incidents of self-harm among women in prison have hit a record high, official figures reveal, after a big increase during the pandemic.

The number of self-harm incidents in the women’s prison estate in England and Wales increased 8% to 12,443 in the year to September, compared with the previous 12 months, while on a quarterly basis the number of incidents rose by 24%.

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