Report by family of woman who died in jail says attitude is that suicides are ‘inevitable’

The system for investigating prison suicides in Scotland is not fit for purpose, according to analysis conducted by the parents of a woman who killed herself in the country’s only dedicated young offenders’ institution last year.

Linda and Stuart Allan believe their daughter Katie Allan, 21, was bullied by other prisoners at Polmont young offenders’ institution and repeatedly strip-searched by staff who failed to act on her self-harm wounds. The Glasgow University geography student had been jailed for 16 months after she injured a teenage boy while drunk driving.

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