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IAP mid-term report May 2018

Tuesday 22 May 2018

Juliet Lyon reflects on her first 18 months as Chair of the IAP.

Still Dying on the Inside: Examining Deaths in Women's Prisons

Friday 18 May 2018

This report by the charity Inquest, published in May 2018, looks at the lack of action by successive governments to prevent deaths and puts forward a series of recommendations to close women’s prisons by redirecting resources from criminal justice to community-based services.

Churchill Fellowships for Suicide Prevention, 2018

Friday 18 May 2018

An opportunity to apply for a Churchill Fellowship, which now includes a category on suicide prevention.

Inside Time, Keeping Safe articles

Friday 27 April 2018

The IAP has published several articles in the prison journal, Inside Time, during 2018. Those articles can be found here:

Safety in Custody Statistics, England and Wales: Deaths in Prison Custody to March 2018

Friday 27 April 2018

The latest Safety is Custody statistics on deaths in prison custody were released on 26 April. The statistics show a continued decrease in the number of deaths, down by 13% since the same time last yea

Annual Report of the United Kingdom’s National Preventive Mechanism 2016-2017

Tuesday 24 April 2018

The NPM published its eighth Annual Report, and the first from new Chair John Wadham, in February 2018.

Independent Professional Advice on the Prevention of Self-Inflicted Deaths and Self-Harm at HMP Woodhill by Stephen Shaw

Thursday 22 February 2018

In January 2017, Stephen Shaw, a former Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, was commissioned to provide independent professional advice on the prevention of self-inflicted deaths and self-harm at HMP Woodhill, where there had been seven self-inflicted deaths during 2016. This followed a judicial review application from members of the families of two of the deceased prisoners. Their claim was subsequently rejected by the High Court in a judgment of 23 May 2017 (Scarfe & Ors, R (on the application of) v HMP Woodhill & Anor [2017] EWHC 1194 (Admin)). Stephen Shaw submitted his report in May 2017, and it is published here.

IAP meeting December 2017

Thursday 22 February 2018

The panel met on 7 December 2017 to discuss updates on the panel’s workstreams and future priorities which had resulted from the November 2017 Ministerial Board.

Prison Deaths Are Avoidable, Not Inevitable

Monday 05 February 2018

Read the IAP Chair's response to the latest Ministry of Justice Safety in Custody statistics.

Safety in Custody Statistics, England and Wales: Deaths in Prison Custody to December 2017

Friday 26 January 2018

The latest Safety in Custody statistics, including deaths in custody to December 2017, were published on 25 January 2018. There were 295 deaths in prison custody in the 12 months to December 2017, down 17% from 354 in the previous year. Three of these were homicides, the same as the previous year. There were 70 self-inflicted deaths, down from 122 in the previous year, compared to the previous 12 months.

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