Category Archives: Deaths in custody

TRAGIC TRANSGENDER INMATE ‘LET DOWN BY NHS AND PRISON SERVICE’

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An inquest jury has concluded that it was right that a transgender prisoner who died at Leeds Prison was held in a male jail, but also found she was let down by a range of services as well as her family.

Vikki Thompson, 21, was found dead in her cell at the prison in November 2015.

An inquest into her death finished on Friday with a jury concluding that she did not intend to take her own life.

The foreman said: “Throughout her chaotic life, Vikki has been let down by various departments including the NHS, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, the Prison Service and also by her family.”

Six prison homicides in one year reflect unacceptable level of prison violence, says Ombudsman

Homicides in prison are still rare but the number has increased, vividly illustrating the unacceptable level of violence in prisons in England and Wales, said Nigel Newcomen, Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO). Today he published a bulletin on lessons that can be learned from his investigations. The PPO investigates all deaths in custody and his… Continue Reading

Better Safety Must Underpin Prison Reform Says Ombudsman As Suicides, Homicides and Deaths From Natural Causes Reach Record Levels

The past year saw a 34% rise in prison suicides, more deaths from natural causes and the highest number of homicides in prison for many years, said Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Nigel Newcomen. Today he published his fifth and final annual report and warned that prison reform could stall without a focus on safety and… Continue Reading

£10m to reduce deaths in custody – but NOMS refuse to publicise deaths in custody details

An extra £10 million is to be ploughed into prisons as part of urgent attempts to improve safety behind bars – at the same time as one expert commentator revealed the National Offender Management Service are refusing to proactively publicise deaths in custody at all. Justice Secretary Michael Gove announced the funding as he conceded… Continue Reading

G4S deny MP’s claim they told family their loved one had hanged himself – only to call back later to say he hadn’t

A family who were wrongly informed their son had killed himself in prison has received an apology from the Government – but G4S, whose staff allegedly made the call, have said it never happened. MPs heard the HMP Birmingham inmate’s relatives received a call earlier this month in which they were told he had taken his own… Continue Reading

HMP WOODHILL – Some notable improvements but concerns over violence and suicides

The provision of work, training and education had improved at HMP Woodhill and its rehabilitation services were good, but violence and a high number of self-inflicted deaths were significant concerns, said Martin Lomas, Deputy Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the jail near Milton Keynes. HMP Woodhill… Continue Reading

Jury highly critical of Winchester Prison staff who ignored self-harm warnings on prisoner later found hanging

Sheldon Woodford was found hanging in his cell in HMP Winchester on 9 March 2015 and was pronounced dead at hospital on 12 March 2015. After a two-week inquest, the  jury has returned a highly critical narrative conclusion finding that lack of staff, training and consistent care across the prison and  healthcare led to a… Continue Reading

Prison staff missing vital clues about prisoner suicide risks says Ombudsman

Staff in prisons need to get better at spotting and using essential information about the risk of suicide among prisoners, said Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) Nigel Newcomen. Today he published a bulletin on the lessons that can be learned from investigations into the self-inflicted deaths of prisoners within the first month of custody. This… Continue Reading

Prison suicides cost £300m a year

Prison suicides are costing the taxpayer up to £300 million a year, according to estimates by a penal reform charity. Growing inmate numbers, overcrowding and staff cuts have fuelled a 46% rise in suicide rates over the last three years, according to the Howard League for Penal Reform. It said public sector funding is being… Continue Reading

Two deaths at HMP Norwich

DEATH 1 A Prison Service spokesperson said: “HMP Norwich prisoner Alan Wills (dob 5/10/1927) was found unresponsive in his cell at 3.55am on Sunday 31 January. “Healthcare staff immediately attended but he was pronounced dead later that morning “As with all deaths in custody, there will be an investigation by the independent Prisons & Probation… Continue Reading

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