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Recent cases relating to prisoner rights

Examples of recent cases that we have brought on behalf of people in prison include:
 

Healthcare

  • A successful compensation claim in relation to the delay in referring a prisoner with pancreatic cancer to Hospital for treatment.
  • A successful compensation claim on behalf of a prisoner who received inadequate treatment for a head injury which left him virtually blind in one eye.
  • A successful judicial review challenge with regard to the failure to transfer a prisoner with mental health problems from prison to a secure Hospital for treatment.
  • A successful compensation claim on behalf of a prisoner handcuffed during a two week Hospital admission.
 

Discrimination

  • A successful judicial review challenge on behalf of a severely disabled prisoner in relation to the prison authorities’ failure to provide him with a motorised wheelchair and allocate him to an appropriately adapted disabled cell.
  • A successful judicial review claim on behalf of a female prisoner with regard to the lack of disabled facilities in women’s open prisons.
  • An ongoing judicial review challenge on behalf of a Muslim prisoner in relation to being allowed to take his medication at an appropriate time during Ramadan.
  • A successful judicial review claim on behalf of a prisoner with learning disabilities in relation to the prison authorities’ failure to adapt Offending Behaviour Programmes.
 

Human Rights

  • A successful judicial review challenge on behalf of a prisoner to stop prison authorities from reading his legal mail.
  • A successful claim for compensation in relation to the unlawful detention of a prisoner following the completion of his sentence while his asylum application was considered.
  • A successful compensation claim on behalf of a female prisoner who was sexually assaulted by prison staff.
  • An ongoing claim on behalf of over 500 prisoners refused the right to vote in the 2010 General Election.

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