Deaths of women in prison
Below is the breakdown of deaths of women in prison by year since 1990. There were also two self-inflicted deaths of transgender prisoners held in all-male prisons in 2015 and one similar death in 2016; two of the self-inflicted deaths listed below (in 2006 and 2016) were of transgender prisoners held in all-female establishments.
|Deaths of Women in prison (England & Wales) 1990-date|
Source: INQUEST casework and monitoring
Note: 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. These figures do not include deaths in immigration removal centres (IRCs) and immigration detention centres (IDCs).
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