Deaths in Prison

See table below for detailed figures of deaths in prison Below is a breakdown of deaths in prison in England and Wales by year since 1990.

 

Deaths in prison (England & Wales) 1990-date
Year Self- Inflicted Non- Self- Inflicted Other Non- natural causes Restraint Homicide Awaiting Classification Total
2014 50 66 0 0 1 12 129
2013 74 122 1 0 4 14 215
2012 61 116 2 0 0 7 186
2011 58 119 9 0 2 2 190
2010 59 119 10 1 1 3 193
2009 60 106 3 0 0 0 169
2008 61 100 2 0 3 0 166
2007 92 89 0 0 2 0 183
2006 66 86 2 0 1 0 155
2005 78 87 4 1 3 0 173
2004 95 107 4 0 2 0 208
2003 93 78 0 0 1 0 172
2002 96 57 0 0 0 0 153
2001 73 52 0 0 1 0 126
2000 82 56 0 0 3 0 141
1999 91 55 0 0 0 0 146
1998 83 45 0 0 6 0 134
1997 69 47 0 0 2 0 118
1996 65 52 0 0 2 0 119
1995 59 7 0 3 3 0 72
1994 59 5* 0 1 2 0 67
1993 48 2* 0 0 1 0 51
1992 40 2* 0 0 0 0 42
1991 42 1* 0 1 0 0 44
1990 52 0* 0 0 0 0 52
Total: 1706 1577* 37 7 40 38 3405
           

Note: These figures include deaths in immigration removal centres (IRCs) and immigration detention centres (IDCs), where these data have been available. Detailed Home Office statistics pre-1996 are not available, hence the low number of non-self-inflicted deaths INQUEST is aware of in those years.

In this section:

Statistics of BAME deaths in prison
Statistics of deaths of women in prison
Statistics of young people and children in prison

See also:

 Policy pages on deaths in prison


Page last updated: 22 Aug 2014

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