It appears government policy is to make life in prison intolerable (for both staff and prisoners, it seems) so a rise in suicides must be viewed as a measure of success by him.
There are some individuals in the prison system who I feel no sympathy for but the state has a responsibility to care for those it chooses to incarcerate and it seems to be doing its best to abdicate that, currently.
In the year to March 88 people took their own lives in English and Welsh prisons – a rise from 52 in the previous year. Since January this year 44 people have committed suicide in jail while the number of incidents of self-harm increased by more than 750 in a year to 23,478. Attacks against staff have also increased by 10 per cent.