The Plymouth University Howard League for Penal Reform student society is holding a Day of Action to raise awareness of the upsurge in suicides in youth and adult prisons.
During 2014, 82 people killed themselves in prison – an increase of 64% from the previous year – and the society has recently launched a signature campaign to highlight this dramatic increase.
On the 25th, members will have a stall from 2pm outside the Portland Square Building and at 5pm, there will be a talk by Rob Preece from the National Howard League in the Plymouth Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building.
This will be followed by a debate on topics such as prison overcrowding, lack of mental health provision and drugs in prison, and this discussion will involve representatives from various political parties.
The evening will be concluded with a meet and greet session in 19 Portland Villas and anyone is welcome to attend.
Most universities across the country have a Howard League Student Society, and the Plymouth group was founded in 2011 within the School of Law.
It is linked to the National Howard League, which is involved in various campaigns to reform the penal policy and practice in the UK, particularly the use of custody for both adults and young people.
Most members of the Plymouth group are undergraduates on the BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies programme, with the society giving them the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom.
In Plymouth, the society organises talks, speakers and visits around these issues, and is also engaged in a project providing support to the families of prisoners, and others in which they work with vulnerable young people and adults.
Email Patricia Gray for further information.