Twenty suicides of care experienced people in custody: A scoping review of the Ombudsman’s fatal incident reports for care experienced people who died in custodial settings between 2004 and 2020

Rogers, Justin and Thomas, Ian (2022). Twenty suicides of care experienced people in custody: A scoping review of the Ombudsman’s fatal incident reports for care experienced people who died in custodial settings between 2004 and 2020. Prison Service Journal, 258 pp. 25–31.

URL: https://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/publications/ps...

Abstract

This article presents a review of the Prison and Probation Ombudsman’s (PPO) reports into fatal incidents from 2004- 2020. The review focuses on the reports of people who died in custody due to suicide and specifically those that had a care experience. Data shows that there continues to be a high number of suicides in the prison system. The reasons for people completing suicide are often complex and nuanced with each person’s loss of life having an individual context. However, statistics show there is an over representation of people with mental health and substance abuse difficulties in custody and when this is combined with the stress of life in prisons it presents an environment where suicide is prevalent.

Viewing alternatives

Item Actions

Export

Recommendations