IPP families march on Parliament

IPP Families march on parliament

4,000 IPP prisoners remain in ‘overcrowded slum’ prisons as the Parole Board is too afraid to order release says former Justice Secretary Ken Clarke Just days after over 200 friends and families of IPP prisoners marched on Parliament to lobby for the release of their loved ones, former Justice Secretary Ken Clarke said it was ‘absurd’ that 80% of prisoners serving IPP sentences were way beyond their original tariffs and called for the Parole Board to have more power to free them. The friends and families of IPP prisoners gathered outside the Houses of Parliament More...

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Legal Forum

MR – HMP Swaleside  Q I write in respect to HMP Swaleside breaching my Article 6 ECHR rights by failing to issue me with an access to justice laptop, which I require for the preparation of my appeal. My application for an access to justice (A2J) laptop was approved by the prison in April 2015 and I am still waiting for the laptop. I have submitted numerous applications and complaints which have gone unanswered or resolved. Can you please advise on what rules and laws apply in these circumstances and what action I can take? A The human rights information booklet which was published by the Prison Law Trust in 2014 states that you may be entitled to an access to justice  (A2J) laptop if More...

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