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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

October 13, 2004: Death in Police Custody: New Figures

A new Home Office statistical bulletin on Deaths During Or Following Police Contact provides information on deaths that occurred during or following police contact between April 2003 and March 2004.The full bulletin can be downloaded here.

There were 100 such deaths during this period. This was a slight reduction on the previous year (2002/03) when 104 such deaths occurred. The report provides a breakdown of the Individual Circumstances of each death. The Home Office officially categorises such death in the following way:

Category 1 – Fatal Road Traffic Incidents Involving the Police
Category 2 – Fatal Shooting Incidents Involving the Police
Category 3 – Deaths in or Following Custody
Category 4 – Deaths during or following other types of contact with the police

Those who died as a result of self-harm during or following contact with the police have also decreased – down from 13 in 2002/03 to 9 this year. Of these, 4 died whilst in police custody and the remaining deaths occurred after some other form of police contact.

During 2003/04, the report notes, there has been a significant decrease in the number of people from minority ethnic minority groups who died during or following contact with the police. There were 10 such deaths this year compared to 22 recorded in 2002/03.

The 2002/3 total of deaths from people in minority ethnic groups had raised the issues that there may have an underlying reason linked to ethnicity. The Home Office commissioned research and the Police Complaints Authority looked at all minority ethnic deaths in police custody between 1998 and March 2003 to identify any links or causes. While there were grounds for concern relating to some aspects of the general treatment of all detainees, there appeared to be little evidence to suggest that concerns were directly linked to racial stereotyping and racist attitudes or behaviour