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Category Archives: Prison Law

Swain & Co Solicitors – Helping great causes

Our clients are the centre of what we do. We try to help as much as possible. It is why we act purely for individuals. It’s an important choice and statement of Swain & Co Solicitors. It means we can give each client the time and attention they need. We care about you and what…
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Swain & Co Solicitors continues to be at the top of its game

Legal 500, 2017 edition has been released and we are thrilled to be ranked in it for the 5th year running. Our Prison and Public Law team provides a first class service including handing sentence appeals, matters pertaining to prison assaults and mental health issues. We were delighted with the wording: "Swain & Co Solicitors’…
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Government must act to stop Humanitarian Prison Crisis

Dean Kingham provides his insight on the Riots at the Mount. He says the Government MUST act to stop a Humanitarian Prison Crisis. "The Government are failing the public in respect of prisons. Not a week goes by without a damning report from the Prison Inspectorate or IMB being released. Currently, almost daily we are…
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Risk assessment and Offending Behaviour Programmes (OBP’s)

Over the years accredited offending behaviour programmes have been seen as the holy grail of risk reduction. Whether a prisoner has completed an accredited programme has been seen as central to whether risk has reduced. Arguments to parole panels that accredited offending behaviour programmes are not necessary for release/progression have regularly fallen on deaf ears.…
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Philippa Parry-Jones is off on a new adventure

Today we said goodbye to Philippa Parry-Jones, with flowers and gifts. Philippa had tears in her eyes as she read well wishes from her colleagues and friends. She is embarking on an exciting new venture where she has secured pupillage at a Barristers Chambers in London. Philippa said how much she had learned working here…
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Swain & Co Solicitors team up with Greater Manchester Law Centre

Swain & Co Solicitors are happy to announce that we are working with the Greater Manchester Law Centre in all aspects of Prison Law. Simon Green, Prison Law Solicitor at Swain & Co Solicitors, says, “It can be difficult when a loved one or friend is imprisoned as many issues can arise which require legal…
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Dean secures direct release for IPP prisoner

Dean recently represented our client, an IPP prisoner serving a tariff of 2 years. He had previous convictions for 120 offences including a large number of violence. He had led a life of crime whereby prison had become a revolving door for him. Whilst in prison he completed a number of offending behaviour programmes and had…
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Direct release of Lifer returned from open conditions for a number of Issues

Dean recently successfully argued for the direct release of an IPP prisoner serving for two offences of GBH with intent. He had progressed to open conditions but was returned to closed conditions due to three significant failings: (1) The repeated breach of requirements relating to his contact with his children, who were at the time…
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Client maintaining innocence of murder paroled.

We argued to the panel that maintaining innocence was no barrier to release and that in actual fact it did not and does not serve to increase risk. We additionally argued that having completed a significant amount of offending behaviour work and been thoroughly tested he could be safely released. The panel agreed and has…
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