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Prisoner Wins Right to Read Official Reports Written About Him (8 December 2011)

Date: 08/12/2011
Duncan Lewis, Legal News Solicitors, Prisoner Wins Right to Read Official Reports Written About Him

A prisoner has won the right to read the contents of official reports relating to his time in prison. Colin Gunn, 44, was handed a 35-year jail term for plotting to carry out a double murder. Last year, the prisoner was successful in his attempts to ensure that prison officers called him by the name of “Mr. Gunn” following complaints that prison officers lacked respect for calling him by his first name. Mr. Gunn is now able to witness the contents of notes written about him and has urged fellow prisoners to request that they are able to do the same. Mr. Gunn, who hails from Nottingham, recalled his latest success by writing in the inmate publication, Inside Time.

Mr. Gunn, who is currently held at Belmarsh jail in London, was jailed in 2006 for conspiring to murder a couple residing in a Lincolnshire-based police safe house. Steve Gillan, the Prisoner Officers’ Association’s general secretary, has told of how the criminal justice system would fall into disrepute should Mr. Gunn’s requests be granted. A senior prison officer, who wishes to remain anonymous, described the decision as “disgusting”, stating that it may endanger prison officers’ lives. Belmarsh’s Special Secure Unit, in which Mr. Gunn is housed, is located away from the prison’s main unit and is reserved only for prisoners deemed to be of the highest risk.

Duncan Lewis’ prison law solicitors protect the rights of inmates. The team fully understands that imprisonment can create considerable stress for their clients and can provide them with the legal support they require during this difficult time.

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