Detainees: Death

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 10th June 2015.

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Photo of Lord Ouseley Lord Ouseley Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that the families of individuals who have died in custody or detention have access to justice.

Photo of Lord Faulks Lord Faulks The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

There must be a coroners’ inquest into any death in state detention, including deaths from natural causes. The inquest must be held with a jury where the death is not from natural causes. The inquest must ascertain how, when and where the person died.

In addition, all deaths in custody are subject to a police investigation and an investigation by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman. Once the inquest has been concluded, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman’s office publishes a detailed ‘Fatal Incident Report’ on the death which includes recommendations to prevent further deaths.

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