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Essonne: suicide of a minor detainee at Fleury-Mérogis prison


On average, 9,000 people end their lives every year in France.

A 17-year-old minor detainee incarcerated at the Fleury-Mérogis (Essonne) prison, the largest prison in Europe, committed suicide in his cell on Monday evening, we learned on Wednesday from the public prosecutor's office. Evry.

The lifeless body of this young isolated Moroccan miner was found at around 10 p.m. Monday by the supervisors, hanged in his cell with his sheets, the source said. He had been sentenced on February 5 by a Parisian children's judge for robberies with violence and kept in detention. As with every death in prison, an investigation was launched into "research into the causes of death" . The death represented "a shock for the teams in place," explained the prison administration (DAP) to AFP. Suicides by minors in detention are "rare" . There was one in 2019. And the suicide of this isolated Moroccan minor is the first in 2020.

Since January 1, a total of 21 detainees have ended their days in French prisons, a significant increase compared to the same period last year, marked by eleven suicides. As of January 1, there were 804 minors detained out of a total of 70,651 prisoners.

Read also: Prison overcrowding: "The State should not empty prisons but build new ones"

Source: lefigaro

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