Peterborough prison death family ‘treading water’

woman in jail cellsource: BBC News
published: 14 October 2019

The family of a woman who died in prison while serving an indefinite term say they feel like they are treading water after an inquest into her death was delayed.

Charlotte Nokes, 38, was sentenced to 15 months but had served more than eight years at the time of her death on 23 July 2016 at HMP Peterborough.

Her family want answers about her death but are struggling with legal costs. An inquest was due to be heard at Huntingdon Coroner’s Court on Monday.

Ms Nokes, who was from Hayling Island, near Portsmouth, suffered from a personality disorder and was serving an Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentence.

These were abolished in 2012 but remained in place for those already serving the sentence.

Prisoners such as Ms Nokes were given a minimum term but not released until a parole board was satisfied they were not a danger to the public.

Ms Nokes, who suffered from borderline personality disorder, already had a lengthy criminal record when she was convicted of robbery leading to the IPP.

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