Prison Law – what is it ?
It covers, amongst many other areas :-
- legal issues in prison
- representation at disciplinary hearings
- representation of prisioners at parole board hearings.
- appeals against conviction and sentence
- judicial review
- lifer reviews
- prison complaints
- human rights
- licence conditions and recall
Figures for the year 2008-2009 show that the Legal Services Commission funded 42,973 Prison Law cases at a cost of some £22 million. This represents a massive increase from the figures of only 7 years before, where just over 5,000 cases were funded.