Prisons in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Raymond v Honey
    • House of Lords
    • 04 March 1982

    In my opinion, there is nothing in the Prison Act 1952 that confers power to make regulations which would deny, or interfere with, the right of the respondent, as a prisoner, to have unimpeded access to a court. Section 47, which has already been quoted, is a section concerned with the regulation and management of prisons and, in my opinion, is quite insufficient to authorise hindrance or interference with so basic a right.

  • R (Al-Hasan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; R (Carroll) v Same
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 20 July 2001

    Here this was the situation in relation to Deputy Governor Copple. Because the lawfulness of the order was being challenged, it was apparent there could be questions which required, if they were answered, the revelation of information which the prison could reasonably wish to remain confidential in the interests of security. For example, in prisons, sources of information are vital to the maintenance of security and control.

  • R (Daly) v Secretary of State for the Home Department
    • House of Lords
    • 23 May 2001

    First, the doctrine of proportionality may require the reviewing court to assess the balance which the decision maker has struck, not merely whether it is within the range of rational or reasonable decisions. Secondly, the proportionality test may go further than the traditional grounds of review inasmuch as it may require attention to be directed to the relative weight accorded to interests and considerations.

  • R (Lichniak) v Secretary of State for the Home Department
    • House of Lords
    • 25 November 2002

    I doubt whether there is in truth a burden on the prisoner to persuade the Parole Board that it is safe to recommend release, since this is an administrative process requiring the board to consider all the available material and form a judgment.

  • R (Imtiaz Amin) v Secretary of State for the Home Department
    • House of Lords
    • 16 October 2003

    The purposes of such an investigation are clear: to ensure so far as possible that the full facts are brought to light; that culpable and discreditable conduct is exposed and brought to public notice; that suspicion of deliberate wrongdoing (if unjustified) is allayed; that dangerous practices and procedures are rectified; and that those who have lost their relative may at least have the satisfaction of knowing that lessons learned from his death may save the lives of others.

  • R v Secretary of State for the Home Department, ex parte Simms
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 04 December 1997

    The potential for increased problems with security and discipline, staff, other inmates, and after conviction, with victims or their families, all underline the need for control of such visits to be vested in and exercised by the Governor. This is what the regulatory framework is intended to achieve and in the circumstances I have concluded that the restriction currently under consideration is not ultra vires.

  • R (West) v Parole Board; R (Smith) v Parole Board (No 2) (Conjoined Appeals)
    • House of Lords
    • 27 January 2005

    It may often be very difficult to address effective representations without knowing the points which are troubling the decision-maker. The prisoner should have the benefit of a procedure which fairly reflects, on the facts of his particular case, the importance of what is at stake for him, as for society.

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Books & Journal Articles
  • Privatising Prisons
    • Nbr. 1-1, January 1986
    • Public Policy and Administration
  • Book Review: Prisons
    • Nbr. 1-4, December 1968
    • Journal of Criminology (formerly Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology)
  • Groupwork in Prisons
    • Nbr. 40-4, December 1993
    • Probation Journal
    Following an earlier pilot study of 32 prisons which showed that probation officers were participating in more prison groupwork than any other single professional group, Graham Towl, Head of Forens...
  • Bullying in Prisons
    • Nbr. 47-3, September 2000
    • Probation Journal
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