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Prisoners and discrimination

It is unlawful to discriminate against prisoners on the basis of their age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Regrettably, all too often, prisoners with these protected characteristics are treated less favourably or put at a disadvantage to other prisoners because of a particular policy or practice put into place by a prison.

The prison law team act in Equality Act 2010 and Human Rights Act 1998 claims on behalf of prisoners who have suffered unlawful discrimination in prison.

These claims have included where:
  • There has been a decision to refuse an elderly female prisoner access to open conditions because she was in a wheelchair;
  • There has been a decision to deny a prisoner access to open conditions because of his HIV status;
  • There has been a failure to take into account a prisoner’s religious beliefs when determining the escorting arrangements for his hospital appointments.

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

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