Deaths of young people and children in prison

Youth Deaths in Prison

Below is a breakdown of deaths of young people (aged 21 and under) in prisons and Young Offender Institutions (YOIs) by year since 1990.

Table 1: Deaths of young people aged 21 and under in prison (England & Wales) 1990-date
Year Self-Inflicted Non-Self-Inflicted Other Non-natural causes Homicide Awaiting Classification Total
2016 6 0 0 0 1 7
2015 5 2 0 0 0 7
2014 9 0 0 0 0 9
2013 8 0 0 0 0 8
2012 5 0 0 0 0 5
2011 11 0 0 0 0 11
2010 5 0 0 0 0 5
2009 9 2 0 0 0 11
2008 8 0 0 0 0 8
2007 9 2 0 0 0 11
2006 3 0 0 0 0 3
2005 13 0 1 0 0 14
2004 6 0 1 0 0 7
2003 13 2 0 0 0 15
2002 16 2 0 0 0 18
2001 15 0 0 0 0 15
2000 18 0 0 2 0 20
1999 19 1 0 0 0 20
1998 15 3 0 1 0 19
1997 16 1 0 2 0 19
1996 14 3 0 0 0 17
1995 11 0 0 1 0 12
1994 12 2 0 0 0 14
1993 3 0 0 0 0 3
1992 10 0 0 0 0 10
1991 5 0 0 0 0 5
1990 10 0 0 0 0 10
Total: 274 20 2 6 1 303

Source: INQUEST casework and monitoring.

Note: deaths of young people that occurred in Secure Training Centres (STCs) do not appear in these figures as STCs are in the custody of the Youth Justice Board rather than the Prison Service.

 

Deaths of young people 18-24 in Prison

Below is a breakdown of deaths of young people aged 18-24 in prisons and Young Offender Institutions (YOIs) by year since 1990.

Table 2: Deaths of young people aged 18-24 in prison (England & Wales) 1990-date  
Year Self-Inflicted Non-Self-Inflicted Other Non-natural causes Homicide Awaiting Classification Total
2016 10 1 0 0 1 12
2015 16 1 0 0 0 17
2014 15 3 1 0 0 19
2013 12 0 0 3 0 15
2012 9 0 0 0 0 9
2011 16 4 0 1 0 21
2010 8 1 0 0 0 9
2009 15 3 0 0 0 18
2008 11 1 0 0 0 12
2007 16 5 0 0 0 21
2006 6 0 0 0 0 6
2005 20 2 1 0 0 23
2004 18 3 1 0 0 22
2003 27 4 0 0 0 31
2002 24 3 0 0 0 27
2001 19 4 0 0 0 23
2000 25 0 0 2 0 27
1999 26 3 0 0 0 29
1998 20 6 0 1 0 27
1997 23 2 0 2 0 27
1996 21 4 0 0 0 25
1995 18 1 0 1 0 20
1994 17 3 0 0 0 20
1993 6 0 0 0 0 6
1992 10 0 0 0 0 10
1991 4 0 0 0 0 4
1990 11 0 0 0 0 11
Total: 423 54 3 10 1 491
         

Also in this section:

Statistics of deaths in prison
Statistics of deaths of women in prison
Statistics of black and minority ethnic deaths in prison

See also:

Policy pages on deaths in prison and deaths of children and young people in custody.


Page last updated: 22 Sep 2016

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