Calls for urgent action as deaths in prisons hit record levels
Calls for urgent action as deaths in prisons hit record levels

Calls for urgent action as deaths in prisons hit record levels

Inquest has called on the Government to change its “harmful and dangerous” prison system after the number of deaths among inmates hit record levels. According to the Ministry of Justice there were 371 prison deaths in England and Wales in the 12 months to December 2021, up from 318 in the previous 12 months and the highest number since the Government began recording figures in 1978. Inquest said its casework and monitoring also shows the highest number of self-inflicted and “non-natural” deaths took place in HMP Wandsworth and HMP Altcourse.