The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced that there were 57 apparent self-inflicted deaths among prisoners in England and Wales during 2011. Crispin Blunt, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Prisons and Probation said: ’Every death in prison is a tragedy, and affects families, staff and other prisoners deeply.’
Month: February 2012
The Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody (IAP) has published a report on its second family listening day held in September 2011. The event was organised on behalf of the IAP by INQUEST following an open procurement exercise. It focused on bereaved families whose relatives died whilst detained under the Mental Health Act.
Hundreds of people have died in custody in Britain over the last 30+ years. A disproportionate number of these were African-Caribbean men. Between 1969 and 1999 over one thousand people died in police custody alone, not counting deaths in prison and psychiatric institutions. No one has ever been convicted for any of these deaths.
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Antone De’Jaun Davis-Correia was more than proud to be selected as one of The Root’s 25 Young Futurists last year; he was relieved. He saw it as validation of his work to abolish the death penalty.
The funeral of a man whose body was discovered 11 years after his family thought they had buried him is understood to have been held. Christopher Alder’s body was discovered in a Hull mortuary in November 2011. South Yorkshire Police is investigating the circumstances that led to another body, thought to be that of Grace Kamara, being buried in his grave at the city’s Northern Cemetery.
Tippa Naphtali of the United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC) spoke on behalf of families all over the country when he was invited onto the Joe Aldred Show, a popular current affairs programme produced by BBC West Midlands. Tippa outlined a critical historical starting point in the history of custody deaths starting with that of David Oluwale a Nigerian vagrant persecuted by police for a number of years.
A watchdog has announced a review of the way it deals with police contact deaths following a BBC investigation. BBC Radio 4’s File on 4 programme found that official figures understated the number of people who die after being restrained by police.