France : suicides and meds blight French prisons

Suicide rates in French prisons are almost double the European average. The latest data from the Council of Europe, in a report published in December 2015, shows that the rate in France was 12.4 suicides per 10,000 inmates in 2013. The median rate across the European Union was 5.4 suicides per 10,000 inmates.   Suicide is seven times more frequent among prisoners in France than in the general population, the French Institute for Demographic Studies found in 2014.

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