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Deaths in Custody

Volume 706: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have died while on remand either awaiting trial or sentencing in the past 12 months. [HL29]

In total, in the 12 months ending 30 November 2008, 39 individuals have died in prison custody while awaiting trial or final sentencing. Of these, 28 were on remand, seven were awaiting sentencing, two had judgment respited and two were immigration detainees. Furthermore, 29 were apparently self-inflicted and 10 were due to natural causes.