Between August 1991 and March 1992 four boys took their own lives in Feltham. I worked with their families and attended the inquests. These revealed a catalogue of institutional neglect and impoverished conditions and regimes, failings in suicide prevention and inadequate health care. There have been other deaths since and high incidences of self-harm.
That so little has changed is a damning indictment of the way in which young offenders are dealt with by the criminal justice system and exposes the lack of accountability of the Prison Service.