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 June 2019 and assaults and self-harm up to March 2019.
The annual publication for assaults and self-harm in custody are published in the Safety in Custody up to December publication, published in April. Annual tables provide further breakdowns and at a more granular level. Quarterly provisional updates are then published every July, October and January. Deaths data are published three months ahead of self-harm and assaults, therefore, the annual deaths tables are published in the Safety in Custody up to September publication, published every January. Quarterly provisional updates to deaths in custody are published every April, July and October.
Experimental Statistics on drug-related deaths in prison custody from 2008 to 2016 were led by the Office for National Statistics, and are published as an annex to the Safety in Custody release. Experimental Statistics concern those which are new and still subject to testing in terms of their volatility and ability to meet user needs.
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; Minister of State for Justice; Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for victims, youth and family justice; Permanent Secretary; Director General, Policy, Communications and Analysis; Director, Prison Reform Policy; Director, Communication and Information; Director, Analytical Services; Deputy Director, Prison Safety and Security Policy; Deputy Director, Head of Prison and Probation Analytical Services; Head of Prison Reform Policy; Head of Prison, Probation, Reoffending and PbR Statistics; Prison Statistics Team Lead; press officer (x8); private secretaries (x9).
HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS)
Chief Executive Officer, HMPPS; Chief Operating Officer, HMPPS; Director, Security, Order & Counter Terrorism; Deputy Director, Head of Safer Custody and Public Protection Group; Head of Executive Management Team, HMPPS; Head of Safer Custody; Head of CEO’s Office; Operational Lead for the Safety Programme; Business Manager in Executive Management Team; Business Manager to CEO, HMPPS; and Prison Safety Team.