Safety in custody statistics cover deaths, self-harm and assaults in prison custody in England and Wales. This publication updates statistics on deaths to the end of December 2016 and assaults and self-harm up to September 2016.
The bulletin is released by the Ministry of Justice and produced in accordance with arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
Safety in Custody statistics is produced and handled by the Ministry of Justice’s (MOJ) analytical professionals and production staff. Pre-release access of up to 24 hours is granted to the following persons:
Ministry of Justice
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State; Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Prisons and Rehabilitation; Permanent Secretary; Director of Analytical Services; Director General of Prisons and Offender Management Policy (x2); Director of Prison Reform Policy; Deputy Director, Prison Reform Policy; Prison Reform Policy; and relevant special advisors (x2), press officers (x4), private secretaries (x8) and Economic Advisor to the Secretary of State.
National Offender Management Service (NOMS)
Chief Executive Officer, NOMS; Chief Operating Officer, NOMS; NOMS Directors (x10); Deputy Director, Head of Performance and Analysis Group (PAG); Deputy Director, Head of Safer Custody and Public Protection Group; Safer Custody Unit (x2); Suicide and Self-Harm Project Manager.
Other government departments
Senior Policy Advisor, Home and Legal Team, Public Services Group at HM Treasury.
The bulletin was revised on 1 March 2017. The original commentary incorrectly stated that the number of self-inflicted deaths in the female estate was the highest on record. This has been amended to say that the number was the highest since 2004.