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Jailhouse suicides peak in 2014, totalling 40% of deaths

11 so far this year, 49 in 2013

12 March, 14:25
Jailhouse suicides peak in 2014, totalling 40% of deaths (ANSA) - Rome, March 12 - Suicides in Italian prisons have peaked in the first months of 2014, totalling 40% of all jailhouse deaths reported so far, the president of the Italian Society of Psychiatrists, Claudio Mencacci, said on Wednesday.

"Suicides in Italian prisons have peaked again: 40% of all deaths in jail were suicides," said Mencacci.

Suicides comprised 30% of deaths reported in Italian jails last year.

According to prisoners' rights group Ristretti Orizzonti, which monitors jailhouse suicides and other deaths, 49 inmates of Italian prisons committed suicide in 2013 and 11 so far this year.

The highest number of suicides, or 72, occurred in 2009, and the highest number of non-suicide deaths, or 186, occurred in 2011.

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