Category Archives: General News

Thirty two women die following restraint

Woman in jail cellsources: Mental Health Today
published: 3 July 2018

Thirty two women died after experiencing restraint over a five year period, according to new figures obtained by Agenda, an alliance for women and girls at risk.

The data, on patients detained under the Mental Health Act, suggests women were more likely to have restraint-related deaths than men between 2012/13 and 2016/17.

Younger women made up a large number of the restraint-related deaths – 13 were aged 30 and under, compared to four men in that age range. Read the rest of this entry

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Lack of professionalism and failures criticised at inquest of Emily Hartley

Emily Hartley

Emily Hartley

source: INQUEST
published: 1 February 2018

The inquest into the self-inflicted death of Emily Hartley has concluded with the jury finding a lack of professionalism at HMP New Hall, including in the implementation of suicide and self-harm procedures (ACCT*), contributed to the 21 year old’s death on 23 April 2016.

She was the youngest of 22 women to die in women’s prisons in 2016, the highest annual number of deaths on record. Including Emily, there have been five deaths in HMP New Hall since 2016. Read the rest of this entry

The Sean Rigg Surgery Project launched

Campaigners protestingsource: London Campaign Against Police and State Violence
published: 3 January 2018

The Sean Rigg Project is a monthly police complaint surgery in South London, set up by the London Campaign Against Police and State Violence and StopWatch. Each month, the project provides the local community with assistance and support in making complaints against the police.

It is named after Sean Rigg, a black man who died in custody at Brixton Police Station in 2008 and whose family have fought for justice for the last eight years.

The project aims to combat racist and abusive policing tactics by supporting the local community to make complaints and potentially take legal action. But we need help! The project is run by qualified lawyers and volunteer “buddies”. Buddies help complainants through the complaints process, by drafting statements, helping with correspondence, assisting complainants in accessing legal support, and breaking the isolation of the complaints system. Read the rest of this entry