Author Archives: Zinzi Eka-Naphtali

Launch of the Mikey Powell Memorial Family Fund appeal

Mikey Powell Campaigners

Mikey Powell Campaigners

source: 4WardEver UK
published: 30 August 2015

On the twelfth anniversary of the death of Mikey Powell, who died in the custody of West Midlands Police, campaigning news group 4WardEver UK, which was launched on 1st June 2006 by his cousin Tippa Naphtali, will be launching the National Mikey Powell Memorial Family Fund appeal.

The Fund is being developed in conjunction with the Friends of Mikey Powell Campaign, The United Families & Friends Campaign and Migrant Media.

Organisers also acknowledge the late Pauline Campbell who died in May 2008.

The fund will be the first permanent national resource of its kind for those affected by deaths in custody, making small grants available for families and their campaign groups across the UK to provide practical domestic assistance, to further the work of their own campaigns or to assist them in engaging in other local, regional or national campaigns, events and initiatives. Read the rest of this entry

Children should not be kept in prison

Gareth Myatt (2)

Gareth Myatt

source: Society | The Guardian
published: 25 May 2015

Nearly eight years ago, the judge presiding over the inquest into the restraint death of 15-year-old Gareth Myatt in Rainsbrook secure training centre in 2004 wrote to the then justice secretary, Jack Straw.

He gave 34 detailed recommendations for, among other things, improving oversight of the prison. Yet it would appear from its media statement that the Youth Justice Board only found out about the eight cases of serious staff misconduct, with at least six sackings, after being contacted by Ofsted earlier this year (Six sacked from G4S centre slated by Ofsted, 21 May).

The YJB is in charge of the government contract with G4S; it has its own monitor on the premises.

Presumably it did not know a child with a fracture (possibly caused by restraint) had been denied medical treatment for 15 hours?   Read the rest of this entry

Home secretary committed to solving deaths in custody crisis

Borstal young offender cellsource: The Voice Online
published: 4 May 2015

Theresa May has expressed solidarity with those who have lost family members as a result of deaths in custody. In a revealing letter written by May, she echoed the sentiments of families who feel let down by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The families of Sean Rigg and Olaseni Lewis, young black men who died in police custody in 2008 and 2010 respectively, met with the home secretary in January.

Following their meeting, in a two-page letter addressed to the Rigg’s family lawyer Daniel Machover, May outlined key areas of concern and accepted that more needed to be done in order to produce “meaningful solutions”.

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