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.
A woman who was serving an 8-week prison sentence for shoplifting has been found dead in her cell. She was found at Foston Hall prison in Derbyshire. Paramedics tried to revive her but she was pronounced dead a short time later.
INQUEST would like to draw attention to its separate findings on the number of young prisoners, aged 18-24, who have taken their lives between January 2000 and June 2015.