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.
‘You have clearly made yourselves a force to be reckoned with, a powerful instrument for good. In the process you have not only achieved real change in an aspect of our common life which would have commanded little attention or esteem were it not for your efforts, but you have at the same time offered enormous support to those bereaved people who long for a clear verdict on the death in custody of someone who means a great deal to them.’
– Dr Peter Selby, President of the National Council for Independent Monitoring Boards