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Staff Blog: Inhuman Perpetual Punishment (IPP)

"In 2054, the six-year PreCrime experiment was abandoned. All prisoners were unconditionally pardoned and released, though police departments kept watch on many of them for years to come." These are the last lines of Minority Report, a 2002 film loosely based on a short story by Phillip K Dick. A police department called 'PreCrime', arrests criminals based on information provided by three psychics (‘precogs’) who can foresee murders before they have actually happened. The criminals are permanently incarcerated in a virtual prison - despite having never actually committed the crime – on the basis that it will prevent them from doing so. The protagonist eventually discovers that the three ‘pre

Staff Blog: The importance of prison service records being kept up-to-date

The client I represented was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2006 and was directed to serve a tariff for a period of 8 years and 6 months. This tariff expired in January 2015. The client suffers from progressive multiple sclerosis and in the months leading up to his tariff expiry, he had a number of strokes which required hospitalisation. The client at this time was unrepresented and an oral parole board hearing was listed to take place in May 2016. However, this did not take place as the client was an inpatient in hospital on the date of the hearing. The Parole Board advised within their deferral that the client should seek legal representation and as a result his Offender Supervisor cont


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