Sickle Cell and deaths in custody conference


prisoner-hands-on-barssource for this message: Simon Dyson

De Montfort University, Leicester
Wednesday June 10th 2009
£130 (inc VAT)

De Montfort University website >

A sudden death in police, prison or military custody is an important point of scrutiny of the powers of the state, especially when such a death is of someone of minority ethnic descent.

Sickle cell is a multi-system disorder that in the UK predominantly, but not exclusively, affects those of black and minority ethnic communities, but is not widely understood. This conference will discuss:

  • The myths about sickle cell disease
  • The context of racism in the criminal justice systems in the UK and USA
  • The misuse of sickle cell trait to explain away sudden deaths in custody
  • The historic neglect of health care within prisons in the UK and USA
  • The lack of care for those with sickle cell disease within the criminal justice system.
  • The increasing importance of sickle cell as an issue nationally and globally
  • The advent of the specialty of custody nursing
  • National Guidelines on Care of People with Sickle Cell Disease
  • Sickle cell and asylum-seekers and refugees

Simon Dyson:
Professor of Applied Sociology
Unit for the Social Study of
Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell
Room 1.27 Hawthorn Building
De Montfort University
Leicester LE1 9BH

Tel: +44 (0)116 257 7751

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