BAME deaths in prison
Below is a breakdown of black and minority ethnic deaths in prison by year since 1990.
|BAME Deaths 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), but do include deaths of people held in prisons as immigration detainees.
Page last updated: 14 Jun 2017
‘I was already working with INQUEST, which is the organisation who monitor deaths in custody, and at one AGM I told the audience that what happened to these people [killed in police custody like Chistopher Alder, Roger Sylvester and many others] could happen to any of us. And then a couple of years later, I was standing in front of them again but now it had happened to my cousin. So my family and me were now “users” of Inquest. It shows you that none of us are immune – here am I, Benjamin Zephaniah, patron of INQUEST and client of INQUEST at the same time.’
– Benjamin Zephaniah