INQUEST responds to MoJ statistics
28 April 2016
Statistics published by the Ministry of Justice today show a disturbing increase in self-inflicted deaths, self harm and homicides.
Self inflicted deaths up to March 2016 were almost double the number in 2013. Homicides are at an all time high.
In response to the figures INQUEST Director Deborah Coles said:
“These shocking statistics belie any suggestion that the Government is successfully pursuing a prison reform agenda. They reflect the desperate reality of prison life and the failure to protect those in its care. Prisons are places where the safety and dignity of prisoners is increasingly under threat. Every day INQUEST hears harrowing stories from the families of those who have died. Time and again deaths occur that reveal failures in treatment and care and a lack of learning from previous deaths. Until there is a dramatic reduction in the use of prison and a redirection of resources into community alternatives, then the endemic problem of death and harm will continue.”
‘We thought that we were going insane, couldn’t understand what was happening to us, what had happened to my son. INQUEST has supported, enabled, educated and empowered and restored our faith in justice. We were given back our voice. ’
– Mother of a child who died in Young Offender Institution