Deaths in women’s prisons

Deaths of women in prison

Below is the breakdown of deaths in women's prisons by calendar year (January-December) since 1990. There was one self-inflicted death of a transgender woman held in a men's prison in both 2017 and 2016 and two in 2015; two of the self-inflicted deaths listed below (in 2006 and 2016) were of transgender women held in women's prisons.

 

Deaths of in Women's prisons (England & Wales) 1990-date
Year

Self-

Inflicted

Non-

Self-

Inflicted

Other Non-

natural causes

Awaiting Class

-ification

Total
2017 1 2 0 2 5
2016 12 5 2 3 22
2015 5 2 1 0 8
2014 3 10 0 0 13
2013 2 4 0 0 6
2012 1 3 0 0 4
2011 2 3 0 0 5
2010 1 4 3 0 8
2009 3 4 0 0 7
2008 1 3 1 0 5
2007 7 1 0 0 8
2006 3 3 0 0 6
2005 4 2 1 0 7
2004 13 7 0 0 20
2003 14 1 0 0 15
2002 9 2 0 0 11
2001 6 1 0 0 7
2000 8 2 0 0 10
1999 5 4 0 0 9
1998 4 1 0 0 5
1997 3 1 0 0 4
1996 3 1 0 0 4
1995 2 0 0 0 2
1994 1 0 0 0 1
1993 1 1 0 0 2
1992 3 0 0 0 3
1991 0 0 0 0 0
1990 1 0 0 0 1
Total: 118 67 8 5 198

Source: INQUEST casework and monitoring

Note: Detailed Home Office statistics pre-1996 are not available, hence the low number of non-self-inflicted deaths INQUEST is aware of in those years. These figures do not include deaths in immigration removal centres (IRCs) and immigration detention centres (IDCs).

Also in this section:

Statistics of deaths in prison
Statistics of BAME deaths in prison
Statistics of deaths of children and young people in prison

See also:

Policy pages on deaths in prison and deaths of women in custody.


Page last updated: 21 Sep 2017

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