Mental Health and Deaths in Prison: Interim Report Contents

1Purpose of this report

1.Our inquiry into mental health and deaths in prison has been interrupted by the pending Dissolution of Parliament. This short report summarises the considerable amount of work we have done on the inquiry to date and the further work we planned. It sets out some provisional conclusions arising from the evidence we have taken. In particular, we propose some specific measures which we believe should be incorporated into law. We had hoped to put these before Parliament as amendments to the Government’s Prisons and Courts Bill. If similar legislation is brought forward by the Government in the next Parliament, we hope amendments along the lines we intended will be proposed, even if our successor Committee has not been appointed by then. We encourage our successors to resume work on this inquiry as soon as possible.

29 April 2017