Category Archives: All News

Transgender prisoner Vikki Thompson did not mean to kill herself

Vikki Thompson

Vikki Thompson

source: The Guardian
published: 19 May 2017

A transgender woman found dead in a male prison did not mean to kill herself and should not have been held in a female jail, a jury has concluded.

Vikki Thompson, a vulnerable 21-year-old who had grown up in and out of care in Keighley, West Yorkshire, was found hanged in her cell in the dark at HMP Leeds on 13 November 2015 after warning several people on her way to jail that she would “leave in a box”, Wakefield coroner’s court heard.

She was in prison after breaching an order relating to a shoplifting conviction and had failed to attend two probation appointments, her partner said. Read the rest of this entry

New Mental Health & Reform publications on 4WardEverUK

Document Filessource: 4WardEver UK
published: 21 May 2017

Check out their new publications section dedicated to mental health and reform, and which compliments other existing topical genres.

This new section includes books and publications related to general mental health as well as mental health related detention, therapeutic treatment and good practice, reports, reform, and much more.

Including:

Mental Health, Race and Culture
This powerful text offers a unique analysis of the impact of race and culture on contemporary issues in mental health. Drawing on extensive international experience, Fernando challenges the traditional ideas that inform practice in clinical psychology and psychiatry in order to promote new and alternative ways of thinking. Read the rest of this entry

Custody campaign groups back a new ‘refreshing’ research project

Police Shieldsource: Dr David Baker
published: 10 February 2017

4WardEver UK and the United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC) are putting their support behind new research to be conducted by Dr David Baker of Coventry University, examining custody deaths from the viewpoint of the families that are affected.

Here’s what Dr David Baker has to say;

“I’m trying to make contact with you because I am interviewing family members who have had relatives die after police contact. I am documenting a number of things, the key ones are: how this death occurred, how you feel it was represented in the media, how the community reacted to the death, how you tried to get justice for your loved one, and how you feel you were (or were not) supported through this process. Read the rest of this entry