Bereaved families and INQUEST have launched a campaign, Now or Never! Legal Aid for Inquests. This follows the decision by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to reject widely supported proposals and overwhelming evidence in favour of fair legal funding for bereaved people.
The campaign is calling for the government to reconsider this decision and urgently introduce automatic non-means tested legal aid funding to bereaved families following a state-related death. The detail of this proposal is outlined in a new briefing by INQUEST.
Some 400 people joined a procession in London to commemorate those who have died in police custody. The march was organised by the United Families and Friends Campaign. This was the 18th year of the event. See the 2016 gallery here >
The Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody has published the fifth statistical report into deaths in custody – covering the period 2000-2014.
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. As previously, the report shows a breakdown of all recorded deaths in state custody and contains information on the following:
Deaths in state custody by setting;
Deaths in prison and YOI by gender;
Deaths in Prison and YOI settings by ethnicity;
Deaths of patients detained under the Mental Health Act;
Natural cause-related deaths across custodial sectors;
Restraint-related deaths across all custodial sectors;
Deaths cause by other (including homicide);
Deaths in custody by gender and ethnicity breakdown for 2014;
Self-inflicted deaths by custodial setting & broken down by gender and age groups.