Relatives of Inmate Who Took His Own Life at Woodhill Prison to Receive Damages
The government will pay damages to the family of a man who took his own life while serving a sentence at Woodhill Prison. Ian Brown was found dead in his cell in July 2015. His mother and sister sued the prison governor and the Ministry of Justice, seeking damages under the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects the right to life. A settlement of £17,500 was approved at the High Court, in London.
Inmates at Woodhill Prison Protested 64 Times Last Year
Woodhill Prison inmates protested 64 times from 2017-18, according to figures published by the Prison and Probation Service. There were 6,719 protests in 2017-18 in prisons across England and Wales – a 19% rise on the previous year. At Woodhill Prison, there were five incidents when prisoners barricaded themselves in their cells, blocked doors or prevented staff from accessing areas in the prison. There were four hostage situations, involving inmates holding one or more people against their will. The Howard League for Penal Reform said protesting behaviour was a “sign of desperation”.