Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, commenting on the Government’s decision to hold an inquiry into the deaths of young people in custody, said:

“It’s only right and proper that we do all we can to prevent young people and children needlessly dying in our prisons and young offender institutions. This welcome inquiry is an opportunity for the Government to learn and then act on the lessons from the deaths of young people in their care. For the Independent Advisory Panel to be able to do their job they need to be properly resourced if their inquiry is to deliver the change in our prisons and young offender institutions we so desperately need. 

“The Government is making a big mistake in excluding from the Inquiry the deaths of children in custody, and needs to think again on this. Unfortunately children do die in custody and these can be prevented. Bereaved families will be insulted that the deaths of their children in the care of the state are seen as less important than other deaths."


Editors’ notes 

The Government statement can be found here

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