Do I get treated differently in prison if I have a major illness?

Do I get treated differently in prison if I have a major illness?
Those residing in prison should receive the same quality of treatment as those in the community. You are entitled to the same standard of care as those who receive it from the NHS in the community. The course of action taken by the prison will depend on the type and severity of the illness however all illness should be treated and failure to do so will normally give rise to a claim. Physical illness Compassionate release shall be available to those suff

How to get support with progression?

How to get support with progression?
The law is clear the the Government owe a public law duty to provide life sentence prisoners with access to offending behaviour programmes sufficient to enable them to demonstrate to the Parole Board at or around their tariff expiry that risk has sufficiently reduced for them to be progressed. The Government has been poor at providing such access to courses and this has led to a significant number of court cases. We have assisted a considerable number of

What are the offending behaviour programmes?

What are the offending behaviour programmes?
There are a variety of offending behaviour programmes offered in prisons. Each programme is designed to address particular types of offences and risk factors, and therefore prisoners will be required to partake and complete these as part of their sentence plan in order to reduce their risk. A full list can be found on the government website at: https://www.justice.gov.uk/offenders /before-after-release/obp . The most common courses are; RESOLVE- Aimed

Why do I need to maintain positive custodial behaviour?

Why do I need to maintain positive custodial behaviour?
A prisoner who maintains positive custodial behaviour throughout his sentence is far more likely to progress through the prison system than those who do not. As aforementioned, the role of the parole board is to make a risk assessment in respect of the prisoner’s application and they will always consider, amongst many other things, the prisoner’s behaviour. A prisoner who is able to maintain positive behaviour after undertaking the appropriate behaviour p

Does Maintaining innocence impact on progression?

Does Maintaining innocence impact on progression?
The risk assessment process is heavily based on prisoners accepting their guilt for the offence. Those that maintain their innocence are often said to be in “denial” and face difficulty in progressing through the system. Often it is said that denial is a risk factor which increases risk and those who maintain their innocence have made no progress because they have not completed risk reduction courses. Psychological research evidence shows that “denial” do

Can I request an independent psychologist/psychiatrist?

Can I request an independent psychologist/psychiatrist?
For legal aid reasons a psychologist/psychiatrist can only be instructed by the parole board or by a legal representative in order to challenge a viewpoint of a witness or to undertake a risk assessment. Our team regularly instruct experts to undertake assessments of clients for a number of reasons. Examples include; Psychologist instructed for a category A client with a parole hearing who has been said to have made no progress and require detention on

Parole board

Parole board
At the beginning of a parole oral hearing the parole board will introduce themselves as an “independent body established to make a risk assessment in respect of whether open conditions or release is appropriate in the circumstances”. The parole board is a two member panel, one acting as chair, who hears recommendations and submissions from the attendees. They make a recommendation, based on what they have heard, to the Secretary of State who will make the

What are closed conditions?

What are closed conditions?
Closed conditions are those that are not open. These are category A, B and C prisons, categorised by level of security (see categorisation for more details). Each prisoner is allocated to a cell (which may sometimes be shared) and they are to remain in that cell unless permitted to leave for reasons such as meal times and exercise times. Prisoners will be allocated in accordance with their needs, for example, all prisons offer a range of programmes which

What is Open conditions?

What is Open conditions?
The term ‘open conditions’ refer to category D prisons/ open prisons which bridge the gap between closed prisons and release into the community. This type of prison holds those people that pose a low risk to the public and can be trusted to return should they be permitted to leave the premises. Open prisoner do not have fences or walls to keep prisoners inside the establishment. Prisoners are given keys to their own rooms and everybody is learning how to

What is an IPP sentence?

What is an IPP sentence?
IPP stands for Imprisonment for Public Protection and was a type of sentence given to offenders who posed a serious risk to the public. On completion of their tariff (the minimum period served before being eligible for parole) they are permitted to apply to the Parole Board for release. It is at this stage in their sentence that the prisoner will be risk assessed by the Parole Board, with the assistance of others, to find whether they are safe enough to b
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