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More care for prisoners needed

24th February 2010

A study has suggested that more needs to be done to provide expert care to prisoners with severe mental illnesses.

Analysts Laing and Buisson believe that treating prisoners in secure hospitals can help save £600,000 in re-offending costs, but not enough are getting help. The lifetime savings includes costs associated with police time, victims’ emotional harm and legal fees as well as the bill for the NHS care. It is estimated that 1.5% of the 80,000-plus prison population in England and Wales at anyone time has conditions severe enough to require hospital treatment.


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