Joint Committee on Human Rights

Mental Health and Deaths in Prison inquiry

Inquiry status: open - accepting written submissions

Accepting written submissions; the deadline has been extended to Friday 31 March 2017.


Scope of the inquiry

The inquiry will be structured around three broad themes:

  1. Whether prison is the right place for vulnerable offenders such as those with mental health conditions and/or learning difficulties
  2. The way prisoners with mental health conditions are treated in prison
  3. How to ensure that lessons for the future are learned, errors not repeated and that good practice becomes common practice


Read the full terms of reference: Mental Health and Deaths in Prison Send a written submission

Latest evidence

  • 15 Mar 2017 - Mental health and deaths in prison - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF278 KB) Published 20 Mar 2017

    Evidence given by Deborah Coles, Director, Inquest, Rt Hon the Lord Bradley, and Dr Andrew Forrester, Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychiatry, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Institute of Psychiatry; Mike Rolfe, Chair, the Professional Trades Union for Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers, Andrea Albutt, President, Prison Governors Association, Mike Trace, Chief Executive, Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust, and Mark Johnson, User Voice (at 4.15pm).

Next meeting(s)

29 March 2017 3:15 pm

Oral Evidence Session

Mental health and deaths in prison
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Lord Farmer
Dr Eamonn O'Moore, Director, Health and Justice, Public Health England, and Director, UK Collaborating Centre, World Health Organisation
Dr Kate Paradine, Chief Executive, Women in Prison
Catherine May, Equality and Human Rights Commission


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