Judicial Review and Human rights challenges based on discrimination in prisons, visiting issues, long term segregation, parole delays and delays and problems accessing rehabilitation courses
The Human Rights Act sets fundamental principles of human rights and equality – including the right to life, liberty and family life, the right to religious freedom, protection of property and protection from discrimination.
Rights under the Human Rights Act especially relevant to prisoners include:
- Right to life
- Right to a fair trial
- No punishment without law
- Freedom from torture and inhuman or degrading treatment.
Duncan Lewis is an acknowledged specialist on prisoners’ rights in jail, and can advise offenders on:
- Challenges based on discrimination in prisons
- Delays and problems accessing rehabilitation courses
- Long term segregation
- Parole delays
- Visiting issues.
Violations of human rights can cause long-term damage to health, mental health and physical wellbeing to prisoners – handcuffing, restraints, keeping prisoners segregated or using unnecessary force can all lead to injury and trauma.
Being denied visitors or access to essential rehabilitation courses – which may affect Parole Board Review decisions.
Discrimination on the basis of sex, race, age, faith or sexuality can also cause undue hardship and stress to a prisoner – and such discrimination is illegal.
Duncan Lewis can advise on violations of human rights in prison, including advising prisoners serving short- or long-term sentences, lifers or young offenders.
Our experienced prison law team can also advise on Judicial Review on decisions made by the Parole Board or in disciplinary matters.
It is likely prisoners pursuing claims for violation of the Human Rights Act or seeking Judicial Review will be entitled to Legal Aid. Duncan Lewis can advise further at the client meeting or initial phone call.
Duncan Lewis Prison Law Solicitors – When to contact us
Call Duncan Lewis as soon as possible for legal advice on challenges under the Human Rights Act, seeking Judicial Review or any other prison law matter.
Duncan Lewis Prison Law Solicitors – How to contact us
There are Duncan Lewis offices nationwide – and our prison law solicitors regularly visit police stations, prisons and courts to advise on criminal law and prison law.
For expert legal advice on Judicial Review, the Human Rights Act and prisoners’ rights call Duncan Lewis prison law solicitors on 020 7923 4020.
For urgent prison law advice or 24/7 help at a police station, call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 020 7275 2036.
Duncan Lewis is a leading provider of Legal Aid criminal law and prison law services.