Three female UK inmates confirmed dead in the space of 10 days

Woman in jail cellsource: The Independent
published: 8 September 2018

Three female prisoners have died in the space of 10 days across England, in what campaigners have branded an “incredibly worrying” sign that deaths in the women’s jails are rising again.

The Independent has learned that between 25 August and 3 September, three women lost their lives while in jail. One death has been confirmed as suicide and the other two await classification.

The women, aged 37, 46 and 52, lost their lives while serving sentences in HMP Foston, HMP Downview and HMP Bronzefield.The deaths will fuel concerns that 10 years on from the Corston Report, which outlined a need for urgent change in the treatment of female inmates, there has been little systematic change, as similar numbers of women continue to die each year.

Politicians and campaigners said the fact that three women had died in such a short space of time was “deeply worrying”, and called on the government to urgently carry out an investigation into why the number of deaths appears to be rising again.

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