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Inquests Into Deaths Which Occurred Whilst Detained In Prison


The Prisons & Probation Ombudsman (PPO) conducts a report into the death of anyone detained in prison. They will send that report to the Coroner who will conduct an inquest into the death of the detainee. Inquests will be held if someone who is detained in prison dies to ascertain the facts of that death.


If you have been bereaved by a death which occurred in custody, it can be an incredibly difficult time for you when faced with processing an inquest.


Unfortunately, a rise in deaths in prisons has deemed it necessary that everyone bereaved in this way has expert representation throughout the proceedings. Duncan Lewis Action Against Public Authorities solicitors have in-depth understanding of the way the Prisons & Probation Ombudsman conducts investigations and understand the way Coroner’s inquests work. We are here to support you through the proceedings.


There are various classifications that are given to deaths that occur when someone is detained in prison. These include:


  • Self-inflicted death
  • Non self-inflicted death
  • Non natural causes/ other
  • Restraint
  • Homicide/ murder


The inquest will aim to define which of the above categories resulted in the individual’s death, whilst outlining external factors which may have influenced the circumstances around the death.


If you have lost someone who was detained in prison you are entitled to professional representation during the inquest into their death. Duncan Lewis Action Against Public Authorities solicitors have extensive experience in Coroner’s inquests.


We look to support you in this difficult time and prepare and represent you through every stage of the inquest. Should you wish to appeal the result of an inquest, we can appeal on your behalf.


If you require advice on an inquest of a death that took place in a prison, call Duncan Lewis Action Against Public Authorities solicitors on 0333 772 0409.

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