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Prisoners and human rights

Prisoners have certain fundamental rights and freedoms which must be respected whilst they are in prison.

As a prisoner you have the right to life, freedom from torture and inhuman treatment, right to liberty and security, the right to a fair trial, the right to family and private life, freedom of belief and religion, freedom of expression, the right to marry and freedom from discrimination.
Unhappily, time and again, the rights and freedoms of prisoners are violated by being subjected to policies or practices in prison which are inconsistent with or are indifferent to the fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined under the European Convention of Human Rights and the Human Rights Act.

The prison law team act in claims for breach of human rights in both the domestic and European courts on behalf of prisoners who have had their rights and freedoms violated.

These claims have included where:
  • There has been a decision to handcuff and accompany an elderly and seriously ill and immobile prisoner during his treatment for bladder cancer in hospital;
  • There has been a failure to follow Prison Service rules and policy when  re-categorising and re-allocating a foreign national prisoner back to closed prison conditions;
  • 550 prisoners have been denied the right to vote in national and European elections.

The main objectives of these claims have been to make sure that the violation stops and to make sure that the prisoner is compensated for any long-term or serious violations that they have suffered.

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