Prisons inspector welcomes improved restraint systems after deaths of two children – The Guardian

‘The chief inspector of prisons in England and Wales has welcomed “significant improvements” in the handling and restraint of children in custody following the deaths of two boys in 2004.’

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The Guardian, 18th November 2015

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Gove admits the UK sentencing framework needs to be more sensitive, & 7 more things we learned at the 2015 Howard League AGM – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Since his appointment as Justice Secretary & Lord Chancellor in May this year, the Rt Hon Michael Gove has maintained a fairly low profile. Aside from his Making Prisons Work speech in July, Mr Gove’s plans for the future of the Criminal Justice System have not been very clearly outlined. Although since his swearing in, to the delight of many, Gove has managed to overturn the previous Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling’s ban on books for prisoners; scrapped plans to create a super youth prison; and halted massively controversial plans for the UK to undertake Saudi Arabian prison training contracts.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 6th November 2015

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Intensive care, and the outer limits of Cheshire West – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Where a coroner has reason to suspect that a person has died in custody or “otherwise in state detention” and that the death was violent, unnatural or by way of unknown cause, the coroner must hold an inquest with a jury (section 7 Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (“CJA”)). The interesting issue in this case was whether and/or in what circumstances a person who has died whilst in intensive care will be regarded as having died “in state detention”, thus triggering a jury inquest.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th November 2015

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Man, 84, awaiting deportation died in handcuffs ‘due to Home Office rules’ – The Guardian

Posted October 28th, 2015 in death in custody, deportation, detention, elderly, immigration, inquests, news by sally

‘An 84-year-old man being held at a detention centre died of a heart attack after being shackled for five hours while suffering chest pains, an inquest has heard.’

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The Guardian, 27th October 2015

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Winchester prison’s fourth death in two months prompts review – BBC News

Posted September 10th, 2015 in death in custody, inquiries, news, prisons, suicide by tracey

‘The deaths of four inmates in cells at Winchester prison in two months has prompted an investigation.’

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BBC News, 10th September 2015

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Police officer accused of lying in death in custody inquest appears in court – The Guardian

Posted September 9th, 2015 in death in custody, inquests, news, perjury, police by sally

‘A police officer accused of lying at the inquest of a man who died in police custody seven years ago has appeared in court.’

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The Guardian, 8th September 2015

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Woman serving eight-week prison sentence found dead in her cell – The Guardian

Posted August 17th, 2015 in death in custody, news, women by sally

‘A woman who was serving an eight-week prison sentence for shoplifting has been found dead in her cell.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2015

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IPCC further delays report into young athlete whose neck was broken – The Guardian

Posted July 24th, 2015 in complaints, death in custody, grievous bodily harm, news, police, reports by sally

‘The police watchdog has delayed again its report into how a young athlete’s neck was broken in the street more than two years ago, the Guardian has learned. It comes ahead of Theresa May’s speech on Thursday afternoon in which the home secretary announces her intention to stamp out the “evasiveness and obstruction” suffered by families at the hands of the authorities and launches an independent review of deaths in police custody.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2015

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New inquiry into deaths in police custody launched by Theresa May – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 23rd, 2015 in death in custody, inquests, news, police by sally

‘Home Secretary says review will look at use of restraint techniques and ‘ask difficult questions’.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd July 2015

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Prison staff shortages contribute to suicides, report says – BBC News

‘Understaffing in prisons in England and Wales could be a factor in suicides among inmates, a review has concluded.’

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BBC News, 1st July 2015

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Police watchdog investigates death of man in custody in Luton – The Guardian

Posted June 15th, 2015 in complaints, death in custody, domestic violence, inquests, news, ombudsmen, police by sally

‘The police watchdog has launched an investigation after a 25-year-old man died in custody.’

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The Guardian, 13th June 2015

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Habib Ullah death: Seven-year wait for conduct hearing – BBC News

‘The actions of five officers during and after the death of a father-of-three will be aired in public later. Until recently, nearly every police disciplinary hearing was held behind closed doors.’

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BBC News, 4th June 2015

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No prosecution for police involved in death of man in psychiatric care – The Guardian

‘Prosecutors have decided not to take action against police involved in the death in 2010 of a man who was restrained by officers at a psychiatric hospital.’

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The Guardian, 29th May 2015

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Prosecutors examining claims that police spied on sister after death of her brother – The Guardian

‘Prosecutors are examining allegations that police improperly monitored the sister of a former paratrooper who died on the floor of a police station.’

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The Guardian, 26th May 2015

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Student restrained by police died from neglect, inquest finds – The Guardian

‘A student who was detained under the Mental Health Act died as a result of neglect by police officers and ambulance staff who forcibly restrained him and left him handcuffed for hours on a hospital floor, an inquest jury has found.’

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The Guardian, 15th May 2015

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Human Rights Act: What has it done for us? – The Independent

‘The Conservatives want to replace it. Here are five things it has implemented for good.’

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The Independent, 15th May 2015

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IPCC investigates death of man restrained by police outside Devon pub – The Guardian

Posted May 5th, 2015 in complaints, death in custody, news, police, restraint by sally

‘Detectives and the police watchdog are investigating the death of a man who fell unconscious while he was being restrained by police after a disturbance outside a seafront bar and who later died in hospital.’

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The Guardian, 4th May 2015

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Al-Saadoon and others v Secretary of State for Defence – WLR Daily

Al-Saadoon and others v Secretary of State for Defence [2015] EWHC 715 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 168

‘Individuals in certain test cases who had been shot by British forces in Iraq were within the United Kingdom’s jurisdiction, for the purposes of article 1 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, because they had been shot in the course of security operations in which British forces were exercising public powers normally exercised by the Iraqi government and because shooting someone involved the exercise of physical power over that person.

WLR Daily, 17th March 2015

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Man died in prison after police wrongly took him from psychiatric unit, inquest finds – The Guardian

‘Mark Groombridge killed himself in Dovegate prison two weeks after he was removed from secure ward by probation officers and recalled to prison – a move that probably contributed to his death, jury finds.’

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The Guardian, 17th April 2015

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Glen Parva criticised over Greg Revell death – BBC News

Posted April 20th, 2015 in coroners, death in custody, inquests, news, ombudsmen, prisons, suicide, young offenders by sally

‘A coroner has criticised a young offenders’ institution for failing to identify the risk to an 18-year-old remand prisoner who hanged himself.’

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BBC News, 18th April 2015

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