Nothing to See Here? Statistical Briefing

Published: October 2021

Nothing to See Here? Statistical Briefing on 15 years of Fatal Accident Inquiries into Deaths in Custody

Authors: Professor Sarah Armstrong, Linda Allan, Stuart Allan, Betsy Barkas and Dr Deborah Kinnear, University of Glasgow.

This briefing presents information from a review of 15 years of Fatal Accident Inquiries, covering 196 deaths in custody (mainly prison) in Scotland between 2005 – 2019.

The aim of this review was to identify patterns in FAI processes and outcomes to better understand what
FAIs achieve, and plan research. This briefing also explores how legal reform in 2016 has affected FAIs for deaths in custody.

Authors / Editors

Prof Sarah Armstrong

University of Glasgow

Elizabeth Barkas

University of Glasgow

Research Themes

Punishment, Citizenship and Communities

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