600 deaths in custody in England and Wales
Some of the 600 deaths in custody could be prevented
There were around 600 deaths in custody in England and Wales last year, according to a report published today.
The figure, calculated by the Forum for Preventing Deaths in Custody, covers deaths in prisons, police cells, secure hospitals and young offender institutions and includes those from natural causes, suicides and murders.
Around 400 of the deaths were due to natural causes and 200 were self-inflicted, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Justice said.