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European Court find in favour of prisoner votes

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld its ruling in a previous case that the UK’s blanket ban on prisoners being able to vote is unlawful.

Swain & Co.’s prison law and human rights solicitors are pleased that the UK will now have to match the rest of Europe and grant some prisoners the right to vote.

The European Court signalled that it would be up to the UK government to decide which prisoners could be given the right to vote. This could mean that serious offenders such as murderers and rapists could be excluded.

Now the problem will be what distinctions the government makes between offenders. The right to vote could aid reform in offenders if implemented well, however it also has the ability to isolate ‘categories’ of offenders that might be excluded.

If you have a friend or loved one in prison that could benefit from representation on adjudications, parole, appeals, re-categorisation, sentence progression and so on, then we could help.

Call our prison law teams today to see if we can help

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