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The PPO publishes its review of Fatal Incident Reports for 2008/09

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) today, launched its review into its fatal incident reports for 2008/09. The Fatal Incidents Team (FIT) in the PPO investigate all deaths that occur in prison or young offender institutions, probation approved premises and immigration removal centres, whatever the cause of death.  The aim of the FIT investigations is to try and provide answers to family and friends about what happened, and if failings are found, makes recommendations for improvements are made. Where failings in the establishment are found, the investigations provide recommendations so that improvements can be made. Stephen Shaw, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman said: “This is the first paper published by my office to begin to draw collective lessons based on a number of cases. It will be followed by others, likewise identifying collective learning. This particular paper reviews the fatal incident reports on the deaths of 160 prisoners that I finalised during the 12 months to 31st August 2009. It illustrates the cases we investigate, the issues we encounter and the recommendations we make. The paper also draws attention to some very good things the Prison Service is now doing, particularly in the area of family liaison.” You can access the report by visiting the PPO website below:

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