UK deaths in custody

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Deaths in custody, including police custody, are subject to great concern for a number of reasons, including the intrinsically vulnerable nature of some of those in custody, and the power imbalance inherent in the situation

Statistics[edit]

Deaths in police custody, by calendar year in England and Wales:[1]

Year Metropolitan Police Other forces Total
2015 4 13 17
2014 4 22 26
2013 1 16 17
2012 1 8 9
2011 3 20 23
2010 3 12 15
2009 4 11 15
2008 9 15 24
2007 6 23 29
2006 4 29 33
2005 9 33 42
2004 5 51 56
2003 12 50 62
2002 11 36 47
2001 9 25 34
2000 5 31 36
1999 15 32 47
1998 13 52 65
1997 15 43 58
1996 21 36 57
1995 12 36 48
1994 16 36 52
1993 17 19 36
1992 15 33 48
1991 24 36 60
1990 19 40 59

Child deaths[edit]

There has never been a child death in a secure home, whereas there have been in both STCs[2] and YOIs.[3] Between 1990 and 2004, 25 children killed themselves in prison and two died in secure training centres.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Deaths in Police Custody". Inquest. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  2. ^ Joint Committee on Human Rights (2007). "The Use of Restraint in Secure Training Centres" (PDF). 
  3. ^ Vallely, Paul (2010-01-21). "The end of innocence: Inside Britain's child prisons". The Independent. London. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Custody death rate 'shocks' MPs". BBC. 2004-12-14. Retrieved 2007-07-12.