Purpose – This article draws upon the international literature to focus on the investigation of prisoner deaths in England and Wales, concentrating on clinician involvement in this process. Design/methodology/approach – This is a viewpoint paper regarding clinician involvement in coroner investigations of prisoner deaths in England and Wales. Findings – Compared to colleagues practising in the community, the authors suggest that there is a higher burden of investigation upon clinicians practicing in secure environments and recommend improved training for prison clinicians regarding expectations of the coroner's inquest and also a system whereby questioning in coroners' courts is directed through the coroner. Originality/value – This paper provides an updated perspective on the issue of coroner investigations following a death in prison custody, from the position of practising prison clinicians.
International Journal of Prisoner Health – Emerald Publishing
Published: Oct 12, 2012
Keywords: England; Wales; Prisons; Death; Coroners; Inquest; Cross‐examination; Custody
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