Prison law

Prison law guidance:

STOP PRESS: This Practice Note is being reviewed in light of recent developments in the process for challenging a preliminary decision of the Parole Board. Scope of...

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The scope of article 5(4) Article 5(4) of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) provides that: 'Everyone who is deprived of his liberty by arrest or detention...

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Statutory Functions The parole board is a corporate body required to advise the Secretary of State in relation to any matter referred to it concerning the early release...

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What is IEPS? The national Incentives and Earned Privilege Scheme (IEPS) was introduced in 1995 on the recommendation of Lord Justice Woolf following the Strangeways...

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Judicial review of decisions affecting prisoners The decisions of a public authority including prisons, Parole Board and Government departments, can be challenged by way...

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Parole Board recommendations for licence conditions When directing a life sentence or imprisonment for public protection (IPP) prisoner’s release the Parole Board is...

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Mandatory drugs testing—when and why? Mandatory drug testing (MDT) was introduced in 1995 through an amendment to the Prison Act 1952 (PA 1952). It is an offence against...

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Offending behaviour programmes An accreditation system for offending behaviour programmes (OBPs) was introduced by the prison service in 1996. OBPs are delivered by a...

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Test for release: determinate sentences The majority of prisoners serving determinate sentences will be released automatically once they have reached the half way point...

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Prison property Prison Rules 1999, SI 1999/728, r 43 provides statutory authority for the Secretary of State to issue directions concerning the property that prisoners...

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Can a prisoner request a transfer? Prisoners in England and Wales (either on remand or after conviction) can lawfully be held in any prison and there is no legal right to...

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Categorisation is the process by which a prisoner’s security category is determined. This affects the type of prison in which they may be held, but it is distinct from...

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Types of release on temporary licence There are four types of release on temporary licence (ROTL): • resettlement day release • resettlement overnight release • childcare...

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Repatriation is the process whereby a prisoner serving a sentence of imprisonment in one country may be able to serve the balance of their sentence in their country of...

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Fundamental principles Detail on the general principles applicable to the sentencing offenders can be found in Practice Notes: • Sentencing, and • Pre-sentence reports...

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