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Policy and Campaigns
INQUEST conducts campaigns, policy work and research on issues relating to deaths in custody. We aim to raise public awareness, improve the investigation processes following contentious deaths and increase accountability of state officials in order to prevent future avoidable deaths.
Through our casework over more than 30 years, INQUEST has gained a unique overview of how the inquest system operates from the perspective of bereaved families and their advisers. We identify policy issues arising from contentious deaths and their investigation and campaign with and on behalf of bereaved families for changes in practice to prevent future deaths.
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‘Although it is fair to say I was given adequate opportunity to express my views the final verdict was not the one I had hoped for. We were all devastated to think that [our brother] had died in such tragic circumstances and no one had been made accountable.’
– Family of man who died while detained under the Mental Health Act