Death in Custody Investigations

The Prisoner Ombudsmans Office took on the role of investigating deaths in prison custody in Northern Ireland in September 2005. In all our Death in Custody investigations care and attention is paid, among other things, to:

  • Delivering a professional investigation
  • Identifying any learning points for the Prison Service
  • Answering family concerns and liaising with the family
  • Meeting the needs of the Coroner

Further information about Death in Custody Investigations is set out in our Terms of Reference.

Since 2008 all Death in Custody investigations reports that have been published are placed on this website.

The unexpected death of a loved one in prison is naturally a very sad event. Some organisations can help loved ones by providing emotional support and counselling. Further information can be found at the Suicide Awareness and Support Group and Samaritans websites.


Death in custody

DownloadDeath in Custody Investigations Terms of Reference