Dealing with Death in Prison

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Piazza Building (PZA/016)

Heslington East Campus

University of York

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YO10 5GE

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More people than ever are dying of natural causes in prison. Almost two thirds of the deaths in prison custody in the UK are from natural causes and with an ageing prison population and longer sentences, this trend is likely to continue. This session will look at how imprisonment changes death and ask whether a good death is possible behind bars. What’s it like to have a terminal diagnosis in prison? Why aren’t people released to die at home? What are the pressing issues in palliative care in prison? What do prison officers and other staff do to care for those dying in prison custody? Find out more in this workshop about dying in prison.


Speaker biography: Carol Robinson is a Sociology PhD student at the University of York. Her doctoral research, funded by the ESRC, explores the impact on prison regimes, cultures and relationships of the increasing numbers of prisoners dying of natural causes. In this work she uses ethnographic methods to examine what factors influence the responses of prison regimes and personnel to dying prisoners.

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Piazza Building (PZA/016)

Heslington East Campus

University of York

York

YO10 5GE

United Kingdom

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