UK: Prison officers’ failings contributed to vulnerable boy’s death, inquest rules

According to the Guardian, an inquest jury has found multiple failings by staff at a younger offender institution contributed to the death of 17-yesr-old boy, who had been bullied by other inmates.
The teenager, was serving six months for affray and common assault, had complained that he was being picked on and had said he was better off dead, said the charity inquest.

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Staff at Hindley youth offender institution in Wigan have been accused of failing to give Jake Hardy proper support before he hanged himself in his cell. He was taken to hospital but dies four days later.
The inquest heard how during the evening in question Jake complained about bullying and CCTV showed detainees kicking his door and shouting through his inspection window. Jake refused to go out because he had not been allowed to phone family, according to the inquest, and Jake had been observed shortly before he was found hanged.
The inquest heard Jake, who had learning difficulties and depression, had previously cut his wrist and complained about verbal abuse.
His mother had also warned he had been thinking about taking his life. Jake left a note for his mother, discovered after his hanging, stating he could not cope with people in prison even staff whom he had asked to “do their job properly”.

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Read more here:

Jake Hardy’s death in custody is nothing less than a state-committed crime

Deaths in custody review should look at all prisoners, take it from an ex-con

Suicide in English and Welsh Prisons: 10 years of data mapped

 Suicide Prevention and Recommended Practices

 

 

 

 

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