VIDEO: Investigating deaths in prisonPosted: May 25, 2015
Co-director of Inquest says the only way to reduce the number of deaths in prison is to send less people to jail
Last year saw the rising number of suicides in prison. But apart from suicides, there were two homicides and 24 deaths are yet to be classified. There was no successful homicide prosecution for a death in custody for more than 30 years, according to Inquest, a charity providing advice to people bereaved by a death in custody.
We visited Deborah Coles, co-director of Inquest, in the charity’s office in Finsbury park to ask what have already been done to reduce both self-inflicted and non-self-inflicted deaths in jail, as well as what challenges the new government is facing with the rising number of suicides in prison and the privatisation process.