Prisons: Deaths

Home Department written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Chris Mullin Chris Mullin Labour, Sunderland South

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people aged over 65 years died in prison in each of the last three years.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The information requested in respect to deaths of prisoners above the age of 65 is provided in the following table:

Total number of deaths for prisoners aged over 65 years
2004 33
2005 25
2006 22

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Pauline Campbell
Posted on 1 Apr 2007 10:41 pm (Report this annotation)

The information supplied by jnr Home Office Minister Gerry Sutcliffe is short on detail. The question asked how many people aged over 65 years died in prison in each of the last 3 years. Mr Sutcliffe provides figures in his answer, but fails to give an important breakdown detailing how many were natural deaths, and how many were unnatural.

Unnatural deaths include homicides and self-inflicted deaths. Government is still struggling to comply with Article 2 [right to life], European Convention on Human Rights. Every unnatural death in custody presents a human rights issue. Where a death does occur in State custody, the burden is on the detaining authorities to provide a satisfactory and convincing explanation for the death. In the absence of such explanation, Article 2 is breached.