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June 18, 2019

The impact of the IPP sentence (imprisonment for public protection) is particularly harsh for Irish prisoners. Irish IPP prisoners do not have the chance to benefit from the Tariff Expired Removal Scheme (TERS) because Irish prisoners are not generally subject to depor...

May 25, 2018

Members of the public will be able to request summaries of Parole Board decisions made after 22nd May 2018. Here is a quick guide:

1. Who is entitled to a summary of the decision?

A victim can request a summary of a Parole Board decision letter.  A “victim” is defined...

John Worboys’ release has led to some immediate and eminently understandable anger from commentators across the media spectrum.  

The release of prisoners serving sentences for sexual offences is a very sensitive subject.

Knee-jerk commentaries are best avoided...

November 29, 2017

Still waiting for guidance from MoJ and Parole Board

The fourth Lord Chancellor in four years, David Lidington, has withdrawn an appeal to the Supreme Court against the Court of Appeal’s ruling that several cuts to legal aid for prisoners were unlawful.  It has taken ov...

October 18, 2017

This paper is not a formal submission of evidence to the Justice Select Committee. The Committee has not called for evidence for the Work of the Parole Board session.


This paper has been prepared in advance of the Justice Select Committee’s evidence session...

Less than a year ago, a popular newspaper described the country’s most senior judges as enemies of the people. The Lord Chancellor, Liz Truss, failed miserably to defend those judges, ignoring her constitutional role in deference to her political allegiances.

Her succe...

September 14, 2017

The release of IPP prisoner James Ward was widely reported today. In another part of the country, one of my IPP clients was also released today. He has also served over eleven years, nine years longer than the minimum term which was imposed by the Judge who sentenced h...

July 31, 2017

When I studied law at university 30 years ago I found reading court judgments an odd experience. They were almost always written by men. It struck me that women seemed to be barred from being judges and I didn't understand why. 

They were often very long. They were obv...

May 2, 2017

Prison reform has been one of the casualties of Brexit and the decision by Theresa May to call another general election. The Prisons and Courts Bill was quietly shelved after the election was announced and there is no guarantee that it will be resurrected.  

The electi...

April 3, 2017

Kevin is serving a life sentence at a prison in the South of England. He is on the autistic spectrum and has significant learning disabilities. He has a parole hearing coming up next month. The hearing will be over two years late.  

Kevin was convicted of an extremely...

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