Source: (1999) Relational Justice Bulletin. July (3): 1-2. Downloaded 15 May 2003.

Amid a significant rise in suicides in English prisons in the late 1990s, the HM Inspectorate of Prisons reviewed the problems of suicide and self-harm in prisons. Out of this review came a set of recommendations grounded in the concept of the “healthy prison.â€? Sir David Ramsbotham, chief inspector of prisons, explains the concept of the healthy prison and the key to a healthy prison. In a healthy prison the weakest prisoners feel safe, all prisoners are treated with respect, all prisoners are busily occupied and are expected to improve themselves, and all prisoners can strengthen links with their families and prepare for release. The key to a healthy prison consists in good relationships between staff and prisoners, which in turn depends on good relationships between management and staff.


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