The deaths of 18-24 year olds in prison custody since 2000
1 July 2015
Today, 1 July 2015, the Ministry of Justice has released a statistical notice on the self-inflicted deaths in prison custody in England and Wales. INQUEST would like to draw attention to its seperate findings on the number of young prisoners, aged 18-24, who have taken their lives between January 2000 and June 2015.
From January 2000 and June 2015, there has been a total of 250 deaths of prisoners aged 18-24 years. See a yearly breakdown below.
‘My congratulations to all involved in this 30 year battle for disclosure [of the Cass report on the death of Blair Peach] … it was this awful state of affairs which led those of us who founded INQUEST to set it up. But it is mind-boggling to think that we were still arguing over this report 30 years later.’
– Terry Munyard, barrister at Garden Court Chambers and founding member of INQUEST