A teenage prisoner killed himself after he was transferred to a new institution, where staff failed to recognise his history of self-harm as a risk factor, an inquest jury has ruled.
A dozen of the country’s jails now have such chronic staff shortages they are having to draft in officers from other prisons to help maintain order. The staff shortage has forced some jails into locking prisoners in their cells for extended periods.
The Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody (IAP) have published their End of Term report that covers the period up to August 2016. Progress of the IAP priorities, annual statistics on deaths in custody and more.
Deborah Coles, Director of INQUEST said: “In the past 12 months the prison system has lurched from crisis to crisis contributing to a culture where often vulnerable people increasingly self harm and take their own lives.”
Every year around 9,000 women are sent to prison, yet the only risk of harm posed by most of them is to themselves. Suicides in prison are on the rise. Already this year five women have taken their own lives inside.
Aamer Anwar supports the call for a change in the law north and south of the border, so the family of anyone who dies in the care of the state is automatically granted non-means-tested legal representation.
Reed had told her family she’d been defending herself against sexual assault. While the case was ongoing, she was unexpectedly remanded into custody and sent to Holloway.
The Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody has published the fifth statistical report into deaths in custody – covering the period 2000-2014. The report shows a breakdown of all recorded deaths in state custody.