A Defective System: Case Analysis of 15 years of FAI’s After Deaths in Prison

Published: October 2021

A Defective System: Case Analysis of 15 years of Fatal Accident Inquiries After Deaths in Prison

Authors: Betsy Barkas, Linda Allan, Stuart Allan, Sarah Armstrong and Deborah Kinnear

As part of the Nothing to See Here? project, this case analysis briefing complements the statistical briefing of FAIs, highlighting key issues that emerged through reading all 196 published FAIs available between 2005 and 2019.

Most of the FAIs discussed occurred following Lord Cullen’s review of the process in 2009 or around the
time of legislative reform in 2016.

Authors / Editors

Prof Sarah Armstrong

University of Glasgow

Elizabeth Barkas

University of Glasgow

Research Themes

Punishment, Citizenship and Communities

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