Black deaths in UK prisons are among most violent and neglectful

Domiciliary Prisonsource: The Independent
published: 12 October 2022

The deaths of Black and mixed-race people in UK prisons are among the most violent and prevalent, a charity has warned. In a new reportDeaths of racialised people in prison 2015 – 2022, INQUEST has revealed new Freedom of Information Act data, which shows 2,220 people died in prison between January 2015 and December 2021.

The highest number of prison deaths among racialised groups were among Black and mixed-race people (136) which researchers, say “evidences the role of institutional racism in the prison estate”.

The report further examined the “preventable and premature” deaths of 22 racialised people in prison, some of which were found to include the inappropriate use of segregation, racial stereotyping, the neglect of health and bullying.

Deborah Coles, executive director of Inquest, said: “The failure of post-death investigations to examine the potential role of racism or discrimination in deaths renders racialised issues invisible. As a result, the opportunity to acknowledge and address racial injustices and inequalities is lost”.

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