Prison deaths: inquests open
THE names of the two inmates who died at HMP Parc Prison last month have been released. The deaths wern’t connected, a spokesman for the prison previously said.
THE names of the two inmates who died at HMP Parc Prison in Bridgend last month have been released.
The two deaths – which happened on separate days in less than a week – were not connected, a spokesman for the Category B prison has previously said.
A spokeswoman for HM Coroner for Powys, Bridgend and the Glamorgan Valleys said an inquest into the death of Christopher Kenny Jones, 38, was opened on Monday, November 26.
She said Mr Jones was found unresponsive inside his prison cell in the evening of Sunday, November 18.
Another inquest was opened on Monday, De- cember 3, into the death of Matthew Lee Ware, 44, who was found unresponsive inside his prison cell on the morning of Thursday, November 22.
The spokeswoman wasn’t able to provide more details about the circumstances surrounding the two deaths, as a post-mortem report is still awaited.
Director of HM Prison Parc, Janet Wallsgrove, has previously said: “We have informed their families and next of kin and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”
As with all deaths in custody, there will be an independent investigation by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.”
Both inquests have been listed for May 10 and a spokesman for the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman confirmed two investigations are under way.
In June, a prisoner was found dead in his cell at HM Parc
“We have informed their families and our thoughts are with them....”
Prison, with paramedics being called and CPR attempted but the prisoner being pronounced dead. The men’s prison houses around 1,336 male adults (convicted only) and young adults, both convicted and on remand. The sentences handed out for various crimes.
The facility is managed by G4s on behalf of the prison service, and is the only private prison in Wales.
It was ranked 11 worst out of the UK’s 117 jails earlier this year.
Last month it was revealed that Parc’s Young Offender Institutions had the highest rate of selfharm incidents out of five comparable institutions in Wales and England.
The figures, published by Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre, showed a total of 64 incidents took place in 2017.
Director Janet Wallsgrove
HM Parc Prison in Bridgend