IAP analysis on deaths in custody to March 2018

Office Files Bindersource: The IAP
published: 26 April 2018

The Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody has published statistical report into deaths in custody – covering the period to March 2018.

The report also gives information about incidents of self-harm and assaults in prison.

The IAP Panel has a commitment to publishing a statistical analysis of all deaths in state custody for each calendar year as data becomes available.

Safety in custody statistics cover deaths, self-harm and assaults in prison custody and HMPPS Immigration Removal Centres in England and Wales, with figures in quarterly summary tables presented on a 12-month rolling basis over an 11-year time series.

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Police custody deaths in UK ‘should be treated like murder inquiry’

Shooting Deathsource: The Guardian
published: 28 October 2017

Deaths in custody should be investigated with the same urgency as murder inquiries, says a long-awaited report that aims to restore trust in the police.

The report, to be unveiled by home secretary Amber Rudd on Monday following a 15-month delay that angered families of those who died in custody, says agencies such as the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) need to handle deaths following contact with officers with the same haste and mindset as homicides.

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Families of people who died in police custody failed by system – report

Bereaved families - Standing together in love and unity
Image Credit : Panther Manchanda

source: The Guardian
published: 4 September 2017

A long-awaited unpublished official report into deaths in police custody says families who have lost loved ones have been failed by the system and recommends far-reaching reforms to the police, justice system and health service, the Guardian has learned.

The report, ordered by Theresa May in 2015 while she was home secretary, is yet to be published, prompting warnings from some groups that the government delay risks damaging public confidence.

The report by Dame Elish Angiolini QC will say there should be a ban on those detained under mental health powers being held in police cells, and being transported in police vehicles, except in exceptional cases.

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