A research team based at the University of Glasgow is investigating Fatal Accident Inquiries (FAI) that were held as a result of a death in custody.

The research papers and associated materials were produced by (Hon Prof) Linda Allan, Stuart Allan, Professor Sarah Armstrong, Betsy Barkas and Professor Deborah Cairns.

The aim of the project is to identify patterns in FAI processes and outcomes to better understand what FAIs achieve, and plan research. Researchers also explored how legal reform in 2016 has affected FAIs for deaths in custody.

The team has published data for the years 2021, 2022 and 2023 (to be published Feb 2024).

Punishment, Citizenship and Communities

Associated People

Prof Sarah Armstrong

University of Glasgow

Elizabeth Barkas

University of Glasgow

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February 2024

Nothing to See Here? Deaths in Custody and FAIs in Scotland – 2023 

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Nothing to See Here? Statistical Briefing

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