The IAP published their fourth statistical report into deaths in custody – covering the period 2000-2013. There were 523 recorded deaths in custody in 2013. Click here for more.
Statistics published since January 2015
Coroners Statistics 2014 for England and Wales published
The Ministry of Justice has published the latest Coroners Statistics 2014 for England and Wales. The report presents the number of deaths reported to coroners, post-mortem examinations, inquests opened, and inquests concluded. Click here for more.
The INQUEST Skills and Support Toolkit is a resource for families and friends dealing with the aftermath of a sudden bereavement. It is funded by the BIG Lottery Fund.
INQUEST was founded in 1981. It is a small charitable organisation with a staff team of seven and the only organisation in England and Wales that provides a specialist, comprehensive advice service to bereaved people, lawyers, other advice and support agencies, the media, MPs and the wider public on contentious deaths and their investigation.
More than 500 black and ethnic minority individuals have died in suspicious circumstances while in state detention over the past 24 years, but not a single official has been successfully prosecuted, a report examining institutional racism has revealed.
The report, by the Institute of Race Relations, concludes that too little has changed to prevent black and Asian people dying in detention and that seemingly racist attitudes remain a concern, with a “large proportion of these deaths involving undue force and many more a culpable lack of care”.
It concludes: “Despite narrative verdicts warning of dangerous procedures and the proliferation of guidelines, lessons are not being learnt: people die in similar ways year on year.”