Min­is­ter to act af­ter two young jail sui­cides

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS -

Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Humza Yousaf has said “there are rightly ques­tions be­ing asked” fol­low­ing the death of a teenager at a young of­fend­ers’ in­sti­tu­tion.

Six­teen-year-old Wil­liam Brown, also known as Wil­liam Lind­say, died while on re­mand at Pol­mont Young Of­fend­ers’ In­sti­tu­tion ( YOI) in Oc­to­ber.

He took his own life just days af­ter be­ing re­manded, de­spite hav­ing been flagged up as a sui­cide risk.

Two weeks ago the par­ents of a young woman who killed her­self, also in Pol­mont YOI, called for a re­view of Scot­land’s prison sys­tem.

The fam­ily of Katie Allan, 21, who killed her­self af­ter be­ing jailed for 16 months for drink driv­ing, are to meet with Mr Yousaf af­ter launch­ing a cam­paign call­ing for change.

Mr Yousaf said he will set out the steps be­ing taken “to en­sure we are pro­vid­ing the best pos­si­ble care” for young peo­ple in cus­tody.

He tweeted: “The story of Wil­liam Lind­say is a tragedy – there are rightly ques­tions be­ing asked. I will ex­plore what can be done.”

Scot­tish Labour’s health spokes­woman Mon­ica Lennon MSP said: “Katie Allan and Wil­liam Lind­say are not the first young peo­ple to die at the hands of a bro­ken sys­tem but they must be the last.”

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