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Archive for the ‘Prison Law and Opinion’ Category

£13k Legal Action Would Have Been Abandoned if Police Officer Had Said ‘Sorry’

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015


WATCH: Moment Merseyside Police officer forces handcuffed man’s face onto custody desk

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 (more…)

HMP Aylesbury – The Lost Art of the Balanced Documentary?

Thursday, February 28th, 2013


Anyone viewing HMP Aylesbury, the recent ITV1 prison documentary, would be forgiven for thinking that the current Youth Offender situation would be best solved by sealing the gates permanently shut. (more…)

Solving Prison Overcrowding – Is it really this simple?

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Isn’t it time for prison to be viewed as the ultimate sanction, rather than the default sanction?

Written by James O’Shaughnessy (more…)

Client’s indeterminate sentence overturned

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Immediate release!


New sentencing rules from Kenneth Clarke

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

The Justice Secretary proposes tough new criminal sentencing rules

Mandatory life sentences for the second serious offence (more…)

Earning The Hard Way With Prisoners Wage Cut

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

The introduction on Monday 26th September of a 40 per cent pay cut to prisoners’ wages, with the deducted amount being used to fund up to £1m a year support for victims of crime, is likely to cause a stir for those in “stir”. While the reduction will only affect prisoners working in the community, the government plans to introduce cuts to inmates on the inside, which could remove incentive to work and may even cause an issue with prisoners rights … … (more…)

No Escape For Prisoners Rights!

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Recent news that a former Altcourse Prison inmate who escaped from a young offenders institute in 2010 after being transferred because he wanted to be back in Liverpool’s Fazackerly area jail would, no doubt, have caught the interest of Liverpool solicitors and other Merseyside community parties!

While debate continues over prisoners rights and types of appropriates prison regimes, one young offender, apparently bullied whilst at another open prison but never reported, voted with his feet rather than speak with his criminal solicitor … … (more…)

Prisoners Right Of Complaint.

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Talk of prisoners rights always brings forth all manner of opinion formed from experience or otherwise but the everyday reality for those who do serve time, especially those on a long sentence tariff, is nearly always different from the conditions many people have come to believe or even expect to exist. Frequently, a criminal solicitor is needed to help prisoners seek redress and compensation for any number of system abuses and breaking of the law within the prison walls. … … (more…)

Criminal Solicitors Still Await Government IPP Review

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

One month on since the riots, latest Ministry of Justice (MoJ) figures show nearly 1,700 people have appeared in court, more than half remanded in custody, leading to an all time high in total prisoner figures, now about 1,800 short of operational capacity. Meanwhile, the Government has said there will be enough prison cells available, “ … which will not necessarily change long-term estimates of the jail population”.

So no change then for the 6,000 prisoners still detained on IPP sentences long after they have served their minimum tariffs. … … (more…)