Our Civil Liberties team are experienced in helping prisoners to resolve a wide variety of legal issues. We understand how difficult it can be for prisoners to access advice to enforce their legal rights whilst in prison. With our expert intervention, we can help ensure that issues are resolved quickly and effectively. If more robust action is needed, we will not hesitate to pursue legal action through the courts. We always aim to pursue the most appropriate and effective approach, including:
We have brought a number of successful civil claims for compensation on behalf of prisoners who have been mistreated or injured in prison. Compensation has also been secured for prisoners kept in custody for longer than they should have been, or those wrongly recalled when on licence. Examples include:
Our team has particular expertise in assisting prisoners who have been discriminated against in prison. For example we have challenged prison policies and practices which disadvantage disabled prisoners, securing significant changes which have benefited not only our clients, but others in the same establishment. We recently brought a case against the Ministry of Justice after a client (a homosexual prisoner) reported that prison officers had subjected him to homophobic abuse. He claimed that the prison had failed to protect him from homophobic bullying and threats from other inmates, culminating in a serious assault.
For more information on our work in the field of discrimination, please visit our Equality and Discrimination page.
Hodge Jones & Allen is also renowned for its expertise in representing families in Inquests involving deaths in prison custody.
Regrettably, recent cuts to Legal Aid have limited our ability to take on cases on behalf of prisoners. This is a significant challenge to our work in this area and we will do our best to explore all funding options with prospective clients.
Our prisoners rights specialists are part of our London based immigration detention team. We have almost four decades of experience helping clients from around the UK with a wide variety of legal matters. For expert legal advice use our contact form or call us on 0808 250 6017 today.