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Corporate manslaughter law to cover deaths in custody

Tippa Naphtali | 25.07.2007 17:06 | Other Press | Social Struggles | Birmingham | London

Prisoners who are injured or killed while in custody will be covered by new corporate manslaughter laws, it emerged today. The government has caved in to criticism and agreed to extend the new legislation to prisoners and youth offenders.

Ministers had previously insisted that the prison service should be exempt from prosecution if prisoners were injured or killed while, for example, being illegally restrained or if ethnic minority prisoners were placed in cells with white racists.

Peers and MPs cited the death of Zahid Mubarek in Feltham young offenders centre as a prime example of the need to change the law.

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