Below is a breakdown of black and minority ethnic deaths in prison by calendar year (January-December) since 1990.

BAME Deaths in prison (England & Wales) 1990-date
Year Self-Inflicted Non-Self-Inflicted Other Non-natural causes Restraint Homicide Awaiting Classi­fication Total
2017 7 8 0 0 0 1 22
2016 16 7 0 0 1 12 36
2015 10 12 2 0 2 1 27
2014 8 13 0 1 0 0 22
2013 15 10 2 0 2 0 29
2012 12 11 0 0 0 0 23
2011 7 17 0 0 0 0 24
2010 7 19 1 1 1 0 29
2009 5 12 0 0 0 0 17
2008 12 11 0 0 0 0 23
2007 23 13 0 0 0 0 36
2006 9 10 0 0 0 0 19
2005 17 10 0 1 1 0 29
2004 12 9 0 0 1 0 22
2003 9 6 0 0 0 0 15
2002 11 1 0 0 0 0 12
2001 6 2 0 0 0 0 8
2000 9 1 0 0 1 0 11
1999 9 10 0 0 0 0 19
1998 9 5 0 0 0 0 14
1997 6 6 0 0 0 0 12
1996 3 5 0 0 1 0 9
1995 8 0 0 3 0 0 11
1994 3 1 0 0 1 0 5
1993 4 1 0 0 0 0 5
1992 7 2 0 0 0 0 9
1991 3 1 0 1 0 0 5
1990 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Total: 249 203 5 7 11 20 495

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 but do include deaths of people held in prisons as immigration detainees.