Deb Coles and Helen Shaw



Comment: Deaths in Custody-Truth, Justice and Accountability? The Work of INQUEST

This article looks at the investigation of custodial deaths in England and Wales in the context of the numbers who have died and in what circumstances. It addresses the role INQUEST has played in bringing political, policy, and judicial attention to the issue; how individuals and their families are blamed for the deaths; the failure of the state to prosecute in such cases; the need for reform of the current investigation and inquest systems and suggests the setting up of a Standing Commission on Custodial Deaths.

custodial deaths in England and Wales

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 33, No. 4 (2006): 136-141