On 22 January INQUEST published a report exposing dangerous, longstanding failures across the prison estate and historically high levels of deaths in custody. This national scandal offers unique insight and analysis into findings from 61 prison.
Author: Larry Fedja
As we enter into a new year, it’s important that we do not forget the indictment and pending trial of a former Texas police officer, on murder charges in the shooting death of Atatiana Jefferson, an African American woman.
Human rights groups and lawyers have criticised French police restraint techniques after a 42-year-old delivery driver died after being held on the ground during a police check near the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
The British government has been accused of treating the family of Gerry Conlon with contempt after files relating to the Guildford Four were sealed until the end of this century, and will not be made public for decades.
TBIJ News reports that a new algorithmic tool for categorising prisoners in UK jails risks automating and embedding racism in the system, experts and advocacy groups have warned.
Families and campaigns are invited to register for future grant applications. The National Memorial Family Fund is the first permanent national resource of its kind specifically for those that are affected by deaths in custody.
Atatiana Jefferson, the 28-year-old who was shot and killed earlier this month while in her own home, is just one of many Black women who lost their lives during an encounter with law enforcement.
“To date there have been 1717 deaths in police custody or otherwise following contact with the police in England & Wales since 1990” Source: INQUEST casework and monitoring team.