His body was discovered during a round of prison guards. At 10 p.m. Monday evening, a 17-year-old inmate hanged himself in his cell with sheets. He had been condemned on February 5 by a children's judge in Paris for robberies with violence, and kept in detention in the juvenile area of the Fleury-Mérogis remand center.
"It was not the first time that he had been sentenced and had been incarcerated since December," said Didier Kandassamy, local secretary of the Force Ouvrière (FO) penitentiary. He was to be released next April. "
In 2018, 14 people committed suicide
According to the Evry-Courcouronnes prosecution, the young man was showing signs of depression. “Specific surveillance had been put in place in order to prevent, in particular, his self-aggressive gestures. An investigation is opened to understand the causes of his death, "said the prosecution.
He is the second detainee to have died since the start of 2020. But Didier Kandassamy assures him: the situation is improving in the largest prison in Europe, which has nearly 4,000 detainees . In 2018, 14 people committed suicide. “Since the implementation of measures such as fellow inmates for support (Editor's note: volunteers trained to detect and help people likely to take action), the number of suicides has been decreasing. But such an act remains a drama that inevitably affects everyone. A support unit has been set up, ”concludes the local secretary of the penitentiary FO.