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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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