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Government response to the Bernard Lodge Inquiry published today

The Government response to the independent inquiry into the death of Bernard Lodge, who died at HMP Manchester on 28 August 1998, was laid before Parliament today.  The original inquest into his death was held in 2001, and concluded that Mr Lodge had killed himself. Mr Lodge’s family argued that the inquest was insufficient to meet the investigative requirements of Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Ministry of Justice commissioned an independent investigation to examine the circumstances in which Mr Lodge took his own life and to see whether there are lessons to be learned that might contribute to the care of prisoners at risk of suicide and self-harm. The report of the inquiry was laid before Parliament on 15 December 2009 (which can be viewed in the IAP 2009 news archive)

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