Tuesday, November 04, 2008

And the point is?

The BBC gives a lot of coverage to a rather pointless study which claims that married inmates are more likely to commit suicide than unmarried criminals.

Studies in the general population have consistently shown that marriage plays an important role in reducing the chances of someone taking their life.

But when the prison figures were analysed, the team found that the opposite was true. Those most likely to commit suicide in jail were white, male, married and working before they were convicted, the study concluded.

So now we know, being married and free reduces the likelihood of committing suicide. Being married and locked up increases the chances. And that helps society how, exactly?

Seriously, does anyone give a damn?

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