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Special investigations

From time to time, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) is asked to carry out special investigations that go beyond our usual remit. These are usually launched after events that have highlighted serious issues.

View special investigations carried out before 2021


Medomsley Detention Centre – Operation Deerness

Started: October 2023

Status: in progress

Find out more about this special investigation

Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre

Started: April 2023

Status: complete

Isle of Man Prison – death investigation

Started: February 2023

Status: in progress


Isle of Man Prison – death investigation

Started: November 2022

Status: complete

Read the PPO report