Government agrees to carry out independent review into the deaths of 18 to 24 year olds

Following a judicial review brought by E, and a long campaign by the charity INQUEST and others, the government has agreed to carry out an independent review of the self-inflicted deaths of 18 to 24 year olds in prison custody.


Ms E is the mother of one of the 191 young people who have died in custody since 2003. Her son was a vulnerable teenager who hanged himself in a Young Offenders' Institute. She challenged the government's refusal to carry out an independent review of the deaths of young people in prison, which had been called for by INQUEST and the Prison Reform Trust in their Fatally Flawed report. The government has now confirmed it will be carrying out an independent review of all self-inflicted deaths of 18 to 24 years olds in prison since April 2007, in order to identify whether appropriate lessons have been learned from those deaths and to determine what action should be taken to prevent further deaths.


Ruth Brander and Adam Straw represented E, along with Ben Emmerson QC and instructed by Bindmans LLP. 


Press coverage includes:


Inquiry launched into prison deaths of young inmates (The Guardian, 6 February 2014)

Government to review young deaths in custody (BBC, 6 February 2014)

Young people are still dying in prison (The Telegraph, 5 February 2014)

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