Prison Homicides, Prisons and Probation Ombudsman for England and Wales, Learning lessons bulletin: Fatal incident investigations, Issue 5, December 2013, pp. 4

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In this issue of the Bulletin the Ombudsman reports on 16 cases of homicide in 15 prison establishments in England and Wales since 2003, (1,500 other deaths occurred over the same period), stating that “the killing of those in the care of the state is a particularly shocking and serious matter”.

The Ombudsman’s remit is to “examine the circumstances surrounding the death and establish whether anything can be done to help prevent similar tragedies in the future” which also provides an opportunity for the families of victims to have their concerns taken into account.

The Bulletin focuses “on the need to have access to - and make use of - all available information when assessing the risk involved in a prisoner sharing a cell, the need to manage carefully the risks that vulnerable prisoners pose to one another, and the need for safe and consistent cell self-locking procedures when this is available to prisoners”.

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