During 2017, 4WardEver UK and the United Families & Friends Campaign had put their support behind new research conducted by Dr David Baker of Coventry University, examining custody deaths from the viewpoint of the affected families.
The Ministry of Justice has today (26 July 2018) released the latest statistics on safety, deaths and self-harm in custody. The data shows that levels of self-harm and violence in prison continues to escalate.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said three people died after being held in a police cell, and another five died after being held in a cell, becoming unwell and then being pronounced dead in hospital.
Prime Minister Theresa May said she is “looking at” the treatment of black people by mental health services amid claims of “institutional racism”. Labour MP Steve Reed has called for an inquiry.