Prison deaths: in­quests open

Glamorgan Gazette - - Front Page - ESTEL FARELL-ROIG estel.farell­[email protected]­line.co.uk

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

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