I was just reading this piece about a man who was currently on trial for murder and found hanged in his prison cell over the weekend.
Probably the most well known prison suicide in the UK in recent times was Harold Shipman, a GP convicted of 15 murders and suspected of maybe 250 in total.
In all it appears that there are around 70 suicides annually in British prisons.
Many suicides are likely to be vulnerable young men who probably haven't done anything so very serious in the overall scale of things and the liberal side of me is concerned by such deaths.
However, I'm afraid that where someone has been convicted of a serious offence such as murder, my mind turns instead to the economic benefit of not having to keep them in prison for decades at a cost to the taxpayer of over £40,000 (US $60,000) per annum. I find it hard to be concerned if they choose suicide.
So how gung-ho are you?