INQUEST is the only charity providing free expertise on state related deaths and their investigation to bereaved people, as well as advising lawyers, agencies, the media and parliamentarians. Our specialist casework includes death in police and prison custody, immigration detention, mental health settings and deaths where wider issues of state and corporate accountability are in question. We are reliant on donations and grants, without which we could not carry on our vital work for truth, justice and accountability.

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Stats Watch

This year:

Our casework team has opened 430 cases (to 20 October 2017).

There have been 215 deaths in prison, including 50 self-inflicted deaths, 1 homicide and 6 women (to 19 October 2017).

There have been 36 deaths involving the police, including 6 fatal shootings (to 13 October 2017).

There have been 4 deaths in immigration detention and 1 self-inflicted death of an immigration detainee in prison (to 4 October 2017).
(All figures refer to England & Wales only).

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