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Staff Blog: Claims for compensation for breaches of the Human Rights Act

In September 2013 the Supreme Court decided in the case of Osborn Booth and Reilly that far more prisoners should be entitled to an oral hearing before the Parole Board. Since then, the Parole Board has struggled to ensure that parole hearings can take place on time. Long delays have been experienced by most prisoners waiting for parole hearings. The waiting game is very difficult to bear. Many have worked extremely hard to reduce their risk and to prepare release plans. They have been left waiting for months on end for their hearings to take place, experiencing uncertainty, anxiety and frustration. Many could have safely been released several months earlier, freeing up prison places and beg


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