Legal cases brought by prisoners

‘Charismatic’ killer of Lee Rigby has converted prisoners to Islam, judge told

A Muslim extremist jailed for life after being convicted of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby is looked up to by fellow prisoners, a High Court judge has been told. Michael adebolajo was “charismatic” and intelligence suggested that he had helped convert other inmates to Islam, Mr Justice Langstaff heard. Detail of the influence adebolajo […]

Court of Appeal allows charities to challenge legal aid cuts for prisoners

Two charities have today (Tuesday 28 July) won the right to challenge legal aid cuts for prisoners after the Court of Appeal ruled there was a risk that the system could be unfair and unlawful. The Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS) have been inundated with requests for help from […]

Legal Aid Cuts Threaten ‘World Renown’ British Justice System – and riots in our jails

Government plans to overhaul legal aid threaten to destroy the “world-renowned” British justice system, barristers have told ministers – and prison experts have said the measures threaten such a level of national unrest inside our jails that they could eventually cost far more than any potential savings would ever hope to save. The Bar Council, […]


The row over prisoners’ voting rights has erupted again as human rights judges gave David Cameron six months to change the law in Britain. The European Court of Human Rights acknowledged that it was up to national authorities to decide exactly who can vote from jail – but denying the right to all inmates indiscriminately […]


A prisoner serving a life sentence for the murder of a teenager and the rape and kidnap of an estate agent two decades ago today told a High Court judge that he was “now … only a low risk”. Michael Sams explained to Mr Justice Ouseley, during a High Court hearing in London, how the […]

Prisoners Get Compensation for Dental Pain

Prisoners at the UK’s largest maximum security jail have been given thousands of pounds in compensation over claims of poor dental care. The 24 inmates at Wakefield Prison settled out of court with the NHS and were given a total of £47,000. They were also awarded more than £300,000 in legal fees. Wakefield District NHS […]