Open Refusal Overturned

Open Refusal Overturned
Emma recently acted for a post-tariff IPP prisoner who fell afoul of the Secretary of State’s open conditions ban. This is the policy whereby anyone who escapes or absconds or attempts to escape or abscond is banned from transfer to open conditions. The client in question had finished a significant amount of time in therapeutic community and had strong support for a transfer to open conditions and wished to pursue this in order to develop a strong release

Prisoner recalled on serious allegations regains freedom

Prisoner recalled on serious allegations regains freedom
Emma recently represented a client who was recalled following extremely serious allegations of stalking and harassment made by an ex-partner. This was compounded by the fact that he was in breach of a licence condition to disclose relationships. At the time of recall the client was under police investigation. This was dropped a few months later without charge. At the time of recall the professional witnesses felt that the client would need to complete a si

Client still released despite suspension of release

Client still released despite suspension of release
A client of ours at Swain & Co Solicitors has been released, in large part due to outstanding representation from Philippa Parry-Jones of this firm. Our client had been serving a 10 year determinate sentence imposed in September 2008 for conspiracy to commit robbery and carrying a firearm with intent. Our client was initially granted release at a parole hearing on the 10th June 2016. However he was then admitted to hospital on the 25th July due to him

Unfair criminal court charge, have you been subject to it?

Unfair Criminal Court Charge, have you been subject to it? If so, we want you to speak to us. Just before the election, in his last disgraceful act the outgoing Lord Chancellor passed the little known criminal courts charge into the Criminal Justice and Courts Act. This has significantly changed sentencing as it is a mandatory financial penalty upon conviction, which adds to the list of compensation, victim surcharge and pros

Four deaths in two months at winchester prison

Winchester prison is to have an investigation following four deaths of prisoners in two months. Four men have died since the 15 July 2015 and a Prison Service spokesperson said that each death will be investigated by the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman. The spokesperson said, “Any death in prison is a tragedy and reducing the number of self-inflicted deaths is a priority.” It was not commented on whether the deaths were self-inflicted ot
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