Regina (Gilbert) v Secretary of State for Justice – WLR Daily

Regina (Gilbert) v Secretary of State for Justice: [2015] EWHC 927 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 202

‘The “absconder policy” in the Consolidated Interim Instructions of 11 August 2014, which precluded categories of prisoner from a transfer to open conditions save in exceptional circumstances, was incompatible with the Secretary of State’s directions to the Parole Board, issued in August 2004, which required phased release via open conditions to test whether a prisoner could be safely released into the community.’

WLR Daily, 1st April 2015

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‘DNA’ child killer Colin Pitchfork gets parole review – BBC News

Posted April 28th, 2015 in murder, news, parole, sentencing by sally

‘The case of a notorious child killer who became the first man to be convicted under DNA evidence is being considered by the Parole Board.’

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BBC News, 27th April 2015

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Prisoner ‘absconder policy’ is ruled unlawful by High Court – BBC News

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in fugitive offenders, illegality, news, parole, prisons by sally

‘A government policy to ban inmates with a history of absconding from being transferred to open prisons has been declared unlawful by senior judges.’

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BBC News, 1st April 2015

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New sentencing measures to take effect next month – Ministry of Justice

‘A series of tougher sentencing measures, new criminal offences and a more balanced judicial review system will come into force when the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 takes effect on 13 April.’

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Ministry of Justice, 20th March 2015

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Murderer could be released at parole hearing – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 17th, 2015 in murder, news, parole by sally

A criminal behind the audacious Brinks-Mat bullion heist who went on to stab a man to death during a motorway brawl could be released from jail, it has been claimed

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Daily Telegraph, 13th February 2015

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Kenneth Noye, M25 road rage killer, to get parole hearing – BBC News

Posted February 13th, 2015 in murder, news, parole by tracey

‘Road rage killer Kenneth Noye, one of the UK’s most notorious criminals, has been given the chance to argue for his release at a parole hearing.’

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BBC News, 13th February 2015

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Delays in prisoner rehabilitation did not breach Convention – Strasbourg Court – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 10th, 2014 in human rights, news, parole, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

‘Two prisoners have failed in their human rights protest against prison rehabilitation courses in the United Kingdom.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th November 2014

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Feeling the pressure on prisoner release – The Guardian

Posted September 24th, 2014 in budgets, criminal justice, delay, judges, news, parole, prisons by sally

‘David Calvert-Smith leads a parole board confronted by an unprecedented backlog of hearings and little option but to keep inmates waiting in overcrowded prisons.’

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The Guardian, 24th September 2014

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What is the point of victim impact statements? – The Independent

Posted August 6th, 2014 in bereavement, confidentiality, data protection, evidence, judges, murder, news, parole, victims by sally

‘A parole judge has apologised to bereaved parents for saying that victim impact statements make no difference. So what are they really for? Paul Gallagher finds out.’

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The Independent, 6th August 2014

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Judge says victim statements make ‘no difference’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 5th, 2014 in judges, news, parole, victims by sally

‘Judge apologises for comments overheard by bereaved family at a parole hearing but insists their statements cannot affect judgements over prisoners’ risk.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th August 2014

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Parole system preparing for overload as Supreme Court ruling gives prisoners right to ‘hopeless’ hearings – The Independent

Posted July 14th, 2014 in budgets, news, oral hearings, parole, statistics, Supreme Court by sally

‘The parole system is preparing for overload after a ruling gave prisoners the right to have hearings even when there is no hope of release.’

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The Independent, 12th July 2014

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Prison law legal aid appeal granted – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 4th, 2014 in appeals, legal aid, news, parole, prisons by tracey

‘The fight by two charities against cuts to prison law legal aid will continue after the Court of Appeal granted permission to appeal the High Court’s rejection of the challenge.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd July 2014

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‘Catch Me If You Can’ fugitive on the run once again – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 29th, 2014 in early release, fugitive offenders, news, parole, recidivists by michael

‘A robber who went on the run and taunted police with ‘Catch Me If You Can’-style messages has disappeared again after being granted early release.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th May 2014

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Cuts to legal aid: seeking permission for judicial review – CrimeLine

Posted March 6th, 2014 in judicial review, legal aid, news, parole, prisons by tracey

‘Two charities will go to court tomorrow (6 March) to seek permission to challenge the government’s decision to cut legal aid for prisoners.’

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CrimeLine, 5th March 2014

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Parole system failing prisoners and close to be overwhelmed, lawyers warn – The Independent

Posted January 27th, 2014 in budgets, delay, news, oral hearings, parole, prisons, standards, Supreme Court by sally

‘England and Wales’s parole system is on the brink of a crisis that will result in reformed prisoners being detained months after they should have been released, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.’

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The Independent, 26th January 2014

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How whole-life sentences might comply with human rights convention – The Guardian

Posted January 24th, 2014 in appeals, human rights, murder, news, parole, sentencing by sally

‘Strasbourg court found that whole-life terms breached human rights of prisoners as they did not provide any review mechanism.’

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The Guardian, 21st January 2014

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Judges to hear whole-life term challenges – BBC News

Posted January 24th, 2014 in appeals, human rights, murder, news, parole, sentencing by sally

‘The Court of Appeal is due to hear major challenges to whole-life terms given to some killers.’

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BBC News, 24th January 2014

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Man jailed for life for rape gets two-year reduction in minimum term – The Guardian

Posted January 22nd, 2014 in appeals, news, parole, rape, sentencing by sally

‘A man jailed for life last year after being convicted of raping a woman in her bedroom in 1997 has won a two-year reduction in his minimum term.’

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The Guardian, 21st January 2014

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Life terms plan for terrorists in training – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 10th, 2014 in imprisonment, news, parole, sentencing, terrorism by tracey

‘Maximum sentences for a range of terrorism offences including weapons training will be upgraded from 14 years to life, the Telegraph can reveal.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th January 2014

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The Supreme Court’s curious constitutional U turn over prisoner rights – UK Human Rights Blog

“Writing in his magisterial new work, Human Rights and the UK Supreme Court, Professor Brice Dickson noted that the Human Rights Act had created ‘an internationalized system of human rights protection rather than a constitutional one.’ Indeed, there had been a marked resistance on the part of the Supreme Court to use the common law to achieve the same goal of human rights protection. In Osborn v The Parole Board the Supreme Court seemed to resile from this position.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 13th October 2013

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