Joseph Scholes and Adam Rickwood died within weeks of being placed in penal institutions. Carolyne Willow met the boys’ mothers, and tells their stories in her shocking book, Children Behind Bars.
The Independent Advisory Panel published their fourth statistical report into deaths in custody – covering the period 2000-2013. There were 523 recorded deaths in custody in 2013.
Nearly eight years ago, the judge presiding over the inquest into the restraint death of 15-year-old Gareth Myatt in Rainsbrook secure training centre in 2004 wrote to the then justice secretary, Jack Straw.
Relatives of Birmingham prisoner Adnan Rafiq – who predicted his own death in a chilling letter to jail bosses – have spoken of their grief after an official report found more could have been done to help him.
In the last few weeks of 2014, I joined thousands of people in London to demonstrate in solidarity with Mike Brown’s family and the protesters in Ferguson.
A coroner said a man who died in custody received ‘sub-optimal’ care and raised concerns over prison staffing. South Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh said he would be writing a report voicing his concerns to security firm G4S, which runs HMP Oakwood in Featherstone, and will question whether there is a problem with absences.
After a troubled childhood Adam Rushton was sent to jail. After just two days he became one of 80 under-21s to take their own lives in prison in the last 10 years. The last time Annette Rushton saw her son Adam she clutched him tightly, told him she loved him and urged him to stay out of trouble.
An inquest jury has found multiple failings by staff at a young offender institution contributed to the death of a 17-year-old boy, who had been bullied by other inmates and hanged himself in his cell on 20 January 20 2012.