Prisoner Deaths

Prisoner Deaths

As part of our legal obligations under the SPS publication Scheme, SPS will publish information regarding all deaths in our custody in calendar years and will publish this  information for the preceding ten years, on a quarterly basis.     

You may wish to note that:

  • The term 'Event of Undetermined Intent' used in the tables is an outcome where the exact intent of the individual concerned cannot be ascertained.
  • SPS will  report deaths in custody in the news section of our website when we have received notification that the next of kin has been informed.
  • Any death in prison custody may lead to a Fatal Accident Inquiry ( FAI) under the Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc. (Scotland) Act 2016,  however the decision to hold an FAI (and the timing of a Sheriff Court being petitioned to hold an FAI) is a matter for the Lord Advocate/Procurator Fiscal.  The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service are responsible for the hosting, administration and management of Inquiry. The Scottish Prison Service‚Äôs role in the inquiry is as a participant only, but we assist the Procurator Fiscal throughout the investigative stage.
  • Information concerning details of any FAI preliminary hearings and inquiry dates can be found on the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service web site at  Copies of FAI determinations can also be found on the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service web site at
  • SPS do not routinely receive a copy of the death certificate for a person who has died in our care,  as the death is normally registered by the family or police.  However SPS understand that a copy of death certificate, which will detail the persons cause of death, can be obtained from the National Records of Scotland at the following web site

Prisoner Deaths 2009

Prisoner Deaths 2010

Prisoner Deaths 2011

Prisoner Deaths 2012

Prisoner Deaths 2013

Prisoner Deaths 2014

Prisoner Deaths 2015

Prisoner Deaths 2016

Prisoner Deaths 2017

Prisoner Deaths 2018

Prisoner Deaths 2019