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T2A response to Review on deaths of young adults in custody

T2A has today submitted its response to Lord Harris’ independent review of deaths of young adults aged 18-24 in National Offender Management Service (NOMS) custody. The Harris Review was commissioned by the Ministry of Justice at the start of 2014, led by the Independent Advisory Panel (IAP) on Deaths in Custody. The review will inform the government’s future plans for the management of young adults across the prison estate, including possible reforms to Young Offender Institutions (YOIs).


From 2012 to July 2014, there have been 46 self-inflicted of young deaths of young adults aged 18-24. There have been nine so far this year (another is awaiting classification). In the past 10 years, more than 160 children and young people under the age of 24 have died in prison.