– Many prisoners have mental health problems

 – Many prisoners have mental health problems.72% of male and 70% of female sentenced prisoners suffer from two or  more mental health disorders.20% of prisoners have four of the five major mental health disorders.10% of men and 30% of women have had a previous psychiatric admission before they come into prison.Neurotic and personality disorders are particularly prevalent – 40% of male and 63% of female sentenced prisoners have a neurotic disorder, over three times the level in the general population. 62% of male and 57% of female sentenced prisoners have a personality disorder.

  – According to Michael Spurr, NOMS Chief Operating Officer, at any one time 10% of the prison population has ‘serious mental health problems’.

 – Women in prison are twice as likely to have an eating disorder as women in the general population.

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