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October 2012

Fatally Flawed: has the state learned lessons from the deaths of children and young people in prison?

This report by INQUEST and the Prison Reform Trust considers the 169 children and young people who died in prison between 2003­–2011, and asks whether the state can learn lessons from their deaths. It includes an in-depth analysis of the circumstances of 98 of those who died, finding that many were known to have been vulnerable prior to their imprisonment, their lives characterised by mental health need or self-harm, problems with drug or alcohol use, disruption and loss.