The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) carries out independent investigations into deaths and complaints in custody. The detailed role and responsibilities of the PPO are set out in his office’s Terms of Reference. The PPO has two main duties:
The purpose of these investigations is to understand what happened, to correct injustices and to identify learning for the organisations whose actions we oversee so that the PPO makes a significant contribution to safer, fairer custody and offender supervision.
The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman is an Arms Length Body of the Ministry of Justice and investigates: complaints from prisoners, trainees in Secure Training Centres (STCs), immigration detainees and probation supervisees; and deaths in prisons, STCs, Immigration Removal Centres and … Continued
Prisons need to be more aware of the higher risk of suicide and the prevalence of ill health among Travellers, said Nigel Newcomen, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO). Today he published a bulletin on the lessons that can be … Continued
To mark the 20th anniversary of his office independently investigating complaints (and the 10th anniversary of investigating deaths in custody), the Ombudsman held three seminars in 2014 to help NOMS learn lessons from PPO investigations. The theme of the seminars … Continued
The Ombudsman recently spoke to a British Medical Association arranged conference for prison doctors. He focused, in particular, on learning from PPO death in custody investigations. Read the speech here.