We appreciate that when a person is taken into custody they are at their most vulnerable; we offer continued expert legal representation in prison law.
We employ the services of specialist lawyers dedicated to protecting the rights of the prisoner, experienced in offering comprehensive advice and assistance on matters including sentence planning, categorisation, adjudications, recall, parole hearings and resettlement matters including licence conditions.
When someone receives a custodial sentence they are expected to use their time constructively by rehabilitating and addressing their offending behaviour. We can assist a prisoner is accessing offending behaviour programmes, offering sentence plan advice and guiding them through their time in custody
Every prisoner is entitled to a yearly categorisation review or, where they have less than two years to serve in custody, a six monthly review. We can assist in drafting representations on your behalf to support the down grade in your security category or, if appropriate we can assist in appealing the refusal to down grade security category. We have specialist knowledge of the Category A review system and can advise you on this procedure.
A prison will deal with infringements of prison rules internally with either a prison Governor or Independent Adjudicator presiding at the hearing. We can assist in most instances providing lawyers who can give advice and assistance for Governor adjudications and, under public funding, are entitled to attend and represent a prisoner if they are before an independent adjudicator.
Probation officers are given a huge discretion whether to instigate recall; this can happen on the most minor breach of licence. Once recalled a prisoner has a limited time to make representations to try and secure their re-release on licence back in the community. Specialist legal advice is essential in liaising with all agencies involved to seek a prisoner’s re-release or to represent before a panel of the Parole Board.
Skilled advocates are vital to present a prisoner’s case before a panel of the Parole Board. We offer the services of advocates experienced in the Parole Board risk assessment process and can assist with all hearings for recall, IPP prisoners, discretionary lifers and mandatory lifers.
Prison law advice extends upon release to assist in challenging unreasonable licence conditions and issues surrounding resettlement into the community.