Deaths in Custody Independent Review:Written question - HL1267

Asked by Lord Judd
Asked on: 09 July 2015
Ministry of Justice
Deaths in Custody Independent Review
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they are making to evaluate and respond to each of the recommendations in the report of the Harris Review Changing Prisons, Saving Lives; when they plan to publish any response; and in the light of that review, what immediate action they are taking.
Answered by: Lord Faulks
Answered on: 21 July 2015

Our prisons must punish those who break the law, but they should also be places of rehabilitation that can help rescue offenders from a life of crime.

The death of a young person whilst in prison custody, at a time when they can be at their most vulnerable, is a real tragedy. It is right that we look closely at any measures that could reduce such deaths.

The government will consider Lord Harris’ recommendations very carefully and respond to the report in the autumn.

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