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. Note that these figures do not currently include deaths of immigration detainees held in Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs), but does include such deaths in prisons.

 

Deaths in prison (England & Wales) 1990-date
Year Self- Inflicted Non- Self- Inflicted Other Non- natural causes Restraint Homicide Awaiting Classification Total
2016 84 121 0 0 2 42 249
2015 88 146 6 1 8 7 256
2014 88 146 4 1 3 0 242
2013 76 130 5 0 4 0 215
2012 61 123 8 0 0 0 192
2011 58 120 10 0 2 0 190
2010 58 125 12 1 1 0 197
2009 61 104 4 0 0 0 169
2008 61 100 2 0 3 0 166
2007 91 89 4 0 2 0 186
2006 66 83 3 0 1 0 153
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: 1917

1940*

66 9 52 49 4033
           

*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 and Deaths of immigration detainees.


Page last updated: 22 Sep 2016

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