Prisoners have rights, and where those rights are infringed, they are entitled to legal representation to help them rectify matters. A prison sentence is also rarely a static occurrence, meaning that you may undergo further reviews, appeal your sentence or the decision, or be a subject to a transfer between prisons. Our experienced legal team can help with all this and much more. Our expertise includes:
If you are accused of breaking the rules in prison, you may be called to an adjudication. The hearing is run either by the prison governor or an independent adjudicator. You are within your rights to have legal representation and support, especially if you do not understand the charge made against you. We can provide legal support and advice on a range of prion related charges.
If you disagree with your categorisation as a prisoner, you can appeal. Several elements are taken into consideration when deciding a prisoner's category. Our legal experts can determine whether the ruling is fair and help you achieve a fairer categorisation where appropriate.
In certain circumstances, a prisoner can be assessed for a move to more open conditions without the need for a hearing. These Guittard applications usually apply towards the end of an individual's sentence. If you believe you should be in open conditions, we can assess your case and provide fair and unbiased guidance. Where appropriate, we can support and assist your application.
Independent Psychological Assessment
If you feel that a prison psychologist has not fairly represented you, you are entitled to an assessment by an independent psychologist. If this is not forthcoming, we can step in and assist you in exercising your rights.
Independent Psychiatric Assessment
The same applies to psychiatric assessment. If you request an independent assessment and are refused, we can look into the matter and ensure a fair outcome.
If you have questions or concerns over how a verdict was reached, you can request a judicial review. Such a review will not necessarily change the outcome, but it could lead to a retrial if procedures were not correctly followed. We can support you every step of the way and represent you at such a review.
Parole/Parole Board Hearings
Parole board hearings determine whether you are ready for early release from prison or have made enough progress to be moved to more open conditions. You are entitled to legal representation at a parole board hearing. We can provide support and representation to help you get a fair and appropriate outcome.
If you are recalled to prison and disagree with the parole board's reasons, you have the right to appeal. You need to present a solid case to be granted an oral hearing in front of the parole board. We can represent you and build a case that gives you the best chance of a positive outcome.
If you have been recategorised and do not agree with the outcome or believe that you should be assessed for recategorisation and have been refused, we can help. Our team includes experts in prisoners' legal rights, and we will help you work towards the right outcome.
As you near the end of your sentence, your focus is likely to be on resettling into the community. Resettlement services should be available within the prison. Where you need further help or need legal representation to help you with any of the issues raised by this service, we can help.
If you believe that you are eligible for Realise on Temporary License, we can look into your case and assess your circumstances. Where we think you have a strong case, we can represent you with the prison authorities and make a case for your release.
Sentence Plan Reviews
Every prisoner should have a Sentence Plan. If you dispute the contents of the plan or never receive a plan, we can help. We can provide advice on the plan, ensure it is reviewed correctly, and chase authorities to ensure effective plans are set.
Most prison transfers go smoothly, but you need to know that there is someone you can turn to when things go wrong. Whether you have been unfairly treated during transfer or moved to an inappropriate prison, we can provide support, advice and, where necessary, act on your behalf to set things right.