Prison allocation, categorisation and prison transfers can be among the most difficult aspects of serving a prison sentence.
Being separated from family and friends adds to the hardship faced by prisoners – even if serving a short prison sentence.
Many prisoners may have special needs or issues before entering prison, including alcohol or drug misuse, mental health problems or difficulty coming to terms with issues such as breakdown in relationships or even childhood abuse.
Offenders have rights in prison – and Duncan Lewis prison law solicitors have extensive experience in helping prisoners apply for transfers to prisons near their home, as well as being moved to a different category prison.
Prisons are usually overcrowded and therefore it is essential to take expert legal advice when considering applying to be moved to another prison, to stand the best chance of success.
Sentence progression and a change in security category are the most common reasons for a prisoner being transferred to another jail – but prisoners may also benefit from a prison transfer to pursue a rehabilitation curse at another jail which could help their chances at a Parole Board Review hearing.
Duncan Lewis can also advise on applying for local discharge to spend the final weeks of a prison sentence near home to help with resettlement on release.
Prison transfers can be raised with several different authorities, including the Governor, Prison Service, Board of Visitors and Prison and Probation Ombudsman.
The Duncan Lewis prison law team is also able to advise on appeals involving prison transfer refusals and applying for Judicial Review.
Call Duncan Lewis as soon as possible for legal advice on prison transfers, or any other prison law matter.
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 prison transfers, 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.
Under reforms to Legal Aid, Duncan Lewis is no longer able to offer public funding for legal advice on prison transfers
However, Duncan Lewis prison law solicitors are usually able to offer competitively priced fixed fees to our clients, with notice of legal costs in advance whenever possible.
To speak to one of our prison law experts about a prison transfer, call Duncan Lewis prison law solicitors now on 020 7923 4020.