Ronnie Biggs to remain in jail – The Guardian

Posted July 2nd, 2009 in news, parole by sally

“Ronnie Biggs, the man at the centre of Britain’s great train robbery, will remain in prison after the justice secretary, Jack Straw, refused to grant him parole.”

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The Guardian, 1st July 2009

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French student murders: parents sue over killer’s parole – The Guardian

Posted June 5th, 2009 in dangerous offenders, news, parole, probation by sally

“The parents of murdered French students Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez are to sue British authorities over systematic failures in the justice system that contributed to their sons’ deaths.”

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The Guardian, 5th June 2009

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R (James) v Secretary of State for Justice (Parole Board intervening); R (Lee) v Same (Same intervening); R (Wells) v Same (Same intervening) (on appeal from R (Walker) v Same – WLR Daily

Posted May 8th, 2009 in human rights, law reports, parole, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

R (James) v Secretary of State for Justice (Parole Board intervening); R (Lee) v Same (Same intervening); R (Wells) v Same (Same intervening) (on appeal from R (Walker) v Same (Same intervening)) [2009] UKHL 22; [2009] WLR (D) 145

The failure of the Secretary of State for Justice to provide courses to enable prisoners serving indeterminate sentences for public protection to enable them to demonstrate their safety for release to the Parole Board did not render their post-tariff detention unlawful.”

WLR Daily, 6th May 2009

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Regina (Lee) v Same; Regina (Wells) v Same – Times Law Reports

Posted May 8th, 2009 in human rights, law reports, parole, prisons, sentencing by sally

Regina (Lee) v Same; Regina (Wells) v Same

House of Lords

“Although the Secretary of State for Justice had failed in his public duty to provide such treatment courses for prisoners serving indeterminate sentences for public protection as would enable them to demonstrate to the Parole Board that it was safe to release them, their post-tariff detention was not unlawful.”

The Times, 8th May 2009

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Ronnie Biggs recommended for early release – The Times

Posted April 24th, 2009 in early release, news, parole by sally

“The Parole Board has postponed recommending whether Ronnie Biggs should be released from jail in the summer in a wrangle over who should pay for round-the-clock medical care for the Great Train Robber.”

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The Times, 24th April 2009

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Police killer Harry Roberts to be freed after 42 years in jail – The Times

Posted March 2nd, 2009 in murder, news, parole by sally

“Britain’s most notorious police killer hopes to be freed from prison within months, having served 42 years in jail.”

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The Times, 28th February 2009

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Ripper freedom ‘unlikely’ – PM -BBC News

Posted February 20th, 2009 in mental health, news, parole by sally

“Gordon Brown has said it is ‘very unlikely’ Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe will be released from jail.”

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BBC News, 18th February 2009

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Great train robber Ronnie Biggs set to be released in July – The Guardian

Posted February 18th, 2009 in news, parole, robbery by sally

“Great train robber Ronnie Biggs may walk free this summer, it emerged last night. A parole board meeting on 3 July will decide if he can be released from Norwich jail after nine and a half years in custody in the UK and more than 35 years on the run in Australia and Brazil since the £2.3m raid on the Glasgow to London mail train.”

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The Guardian, 18th February 2009

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Regina (Black) v Secretary of State for Justice – Times Law Reports

Posted January 30th, 2009 in human rights, law reports, parole, release on licence by sally

Regina (Black) v Secretary of State for Justice

House of Lords

“The provision requiring lawfulness of detention to be determined by a court was not infringed when the Secretary of State for Justice rather than the Parole Board determined whether certain long-term prisoners should be released on licence.”

The Times, 30th January 2009

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Lord Chief Justice orders review over fears killers wrongly having sentences reduced – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 3rd, 2008 in dangerous offenders, news, parole, sentencing by sally

“The Lord Chief Justice has ordered immediate changes to the system of reviewing jail terms after learning that killers could be having their tariffs wrongly reduced because vital information is not seen by judges.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd November 2008

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Regina v Hills; Regina v Pomfret; Regina v Davies – Times Law Reports

Posted August 7th, 2008 in law reports, parole, sentencing by sally

Regina v Hills; Regina v Pomfret; Regina v Davies

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“A consecutive prison sentence could be added to a life sentence where the circumstances warranted it.”

The Times, 7th August 2008

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Mason v Ministry of Justice – WLR Daily

Posted July 31st, 2008 in human rights, law reports, parole, prisons by sally

Mason v Ministry of Justice [2008] EWHC 1787 (QB); [2008] WLR (D) 265

“The discretion to release a prisoner on home detention curfew could lawfully be exercised by the executive. An individual’s right under art 5(4) of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, to take proceedings by which the lawfulness of his detention could be decided, was adequately protected by the possibility of review of decisions of the executive on general public law principles.”

WLR Daily, 30th July 2008

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R v Hills; R v Davies; R v Pomfret – WLR Daily

Posted July 25th, 2008 in law reports, parole, sentencing by sally

R v Hills; R v Davies; R v Pomfret; [2008] WLR (D) 251

There was no practical reason why an order should not be made requiring an offender to serve an additional period of imprisonment other than the minimum period before being considered for parole where there had been a planned, deliberate and serious act of violence, in circumstances which fully justified a significant sentence of imprisonment.”

WLR Daily, 24th July 2008

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Number of prisoners on early release scheme soars – The Independent

Posted July 1st, 2008 in news, parole, prisons by sally

“Nearly 29,000 criminals have been freed from prison early in the first 11 months of an emergency scheme to beat jail overcrowding, it was announced yesterday.”

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The Independent, 1st July 2008

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Man freed early ‘committed rape’ – BBC News

Posted June 27th, 2008 in news, parole, prisons, rape by sally

“A prisoner allegedly raped someone after being released early under a government scheme aimed at easing jail overcrowding, it has emerged.”

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BBC News, 27th June 2008

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Hammer-blow murderer can ask for parole after judge overturns life sentence – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 19th, 2008 in murder, news, parole, sentencing by sally

“Reginald Wilson, currently serving life for slaughtering Teesside skin specialist, David Birkett, can ask the Parole Board to free him next month after a top judge overturned his ‘whole life’ jail tariff yesterday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th May 2008

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Teacher killer stalls parole bid – BBC News

Posted April 22nd, 2008 in murder, news, parole by sally

“The killer of headteacher Philip Lawrence will remain in prison for several more months despite being eligible for release.”

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BBC News, 21st April 2008

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R (Black) v Secretary of State for Justice – WLR Daily

Posted April 18th, 2008 in human rights, law reports, parole, prisons by sally

R (Black) v Secretary of State for Justice [2008] EWCA Civ 359; [2008] WLR (D) 114

“S 35(1) of the Criminal Justice Act 1991, giving the Secretary of State power to override a Parole Board recommendation for the release on parole of a prisoner serving a sentence of more than 15 years, was not compatible with art 5(4) of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.”

WLR Daily, 17th April 2008

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Dunn v Parole Board – WLR Daily

Posted April 18th, 2008 in false imprisonment, law reports, parole by sally

Dunn v Parole Board [2008] EWCA Civ 374; [2008] WLR (D) 110

“In the context of CPR Pt 11, the limitation provisions within s 7(5) of the Human Rights Act 1998 provided a defence to a claim rather than going to jurisdiction, so that a failure to apply to strike out within 14 days of acknowledging service did not preclude a defendant from applying to strike out a claim on the basis of limitation.
The Court of Appeal so stated when dismissing the appeal of the claimant, Peter Dunn, from a decision of Judge Darroch, sitting in the Norwich County Court on 29 March 2007, striking out his claims against the defendant, The Parole Board, under the Human Rights Act 1998 and for false imprisonment arising out of his detention after recall to prison from that part of his sentence he was serving on licence in the community. There had been delay in the management of the case by the defendant. The grounds of appeal were that: (i) the court should have determined under CPR Pt 11 that the filing of an acknowledgment of service by the defendant precluded it from arguing the issue of limitation under s7(5) of the 1998 Act; (ii) the judge erred in finding that the claim for false imprisonment had no real prospect of success; (iii) the case was appropriate for the court to extend the period for bringing the claim under s7(5) of the 1998 Act.”

WLR Daily, 17th April 2008

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Regina (Black) v Secretary of State for Justice – Times Law Reports

Posted April 18th, 2008 in human rights, law reports, parole, prisons by sally

Regina (Black) v Secretary of State for Justice

Court of Appeal

“Section 35 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991, giving the Secretary of State for Justice power to block the release on licence of prisoners sentenced between 1991 and 2003 to prison terms of more than 15 years, was not compatible with article 5.4 of the European Convention on Human Rights, providing that anyone deprived of his liberty had the right to have the lawfulness of his detention decided speedily by a court.”

The Times, 18th April 2008

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