- David Wooding 1 Sep 2019 https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9839051/prisoners-jail-armed-forces-veteran/
ONE in ten prisoners in jail today is an Armed Forces veteran — and the number is rising due to PTSD, military charities claim.
Some 9,000 are locked up — 300 of them in the first three months of this year — with another estimated 600 on parole, government figures reveal.
Officials admit it may be more as many inmates refuse to reveal their military history. Charity Care After Combat says up to three in four have a mental health problem.
Dr Nicholas Murdoch, its research head, said: “Veterans are the biggest occupational group in prisons. The convictions are quite broad.
“Violence is common and we’re seeing more individuals who served in recent conflicts.”
Double killer Jimmy Johnson, who served in Northern Ireland, runs Veterans in Prison and campaigns for better mental health treatment.
Decorated Johnson, a lifer in HMP Frankland, Co. Durham, wrote: “One aftermath of combat-related PTSD is the high numbers of veterans inside the British prison system.”