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Provided by: Kadisha Brown-Burrell published: 31 March 2015
Today marks Kingsley’s Fourth year anniversary since his untimely death and I want to honour his memory by saying how Kingsley was a loving kind brother who loved his children dearly. Kingsley should never have died in the way that he did and I will not give up the fight to find out the truth into how he died despite the odds stacked up against us.
Severn days from now the Inquest into Kingsley’s death will begin and I am appealing to the public the importance of next week’s Inquest set for Tuesday 7th April until 15th May.
I am listed first to give my account and evidence as litigate in person as I am not represented by a solicitor or barrister because of the legal aid system here in this country, especially when it comes to Death in Custody! However my position on the day will be to tell the coroner, jury and public at large what I know and provide the evidence which was kept in my possession for over four years to tell my deceased brothers account, in order to assist the jury in their decision making.
Hostage incidents and disturbances across the country’s jails are rising sharply, intensifying fears that Britain’s prisons are at crisis point. The mounting unrest has seen a corresponding increase in the deployment of specialist teams sent in to the prison estate to quell riots and protests.
Figures cited in a letter from prisons minister Andrew Selous to shadow justice secretary, Sadiq Khan, deposited in the parliamentary library, reveal that in 2010, the year the coalition took power, there were 16 hostage incidents in which a prisoner held either another prisoner or a prison officer against their will.
For the year June 2013 to May 2014, the most up-to-date figures cited in the letter, the number had increased to 73.
The contract to build Britain’s first titan prison holding more than 2,100 inmates has been signed just days before next Monday’s deadline, when parliament officially dissolves for the general election.
But Chris Grayling, the justice secretary, has failed to get approval in time for his other flagship prison project, a 320-place “secure college” or supersized youth jail costing £80m, which was to be the first of a network to replace the current system of youth offender institutions and secure training centres.