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Category Archives: Prison Law

Swain & Co. presentations to Action for Prisoners’ Families

Saturday 30th March 2012 saw three of Swain & Co.'s crime and prison law specialists give presentations to prisoner's families. Jemma Blomfield, Umar Khan and Rebecca Joyce volunteered to attend and participate in a presentation organised by Action for Prisoners' families. The aim of the day was to give families an idea of the processes…
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Liam Stacey’s appeal dismissed

Here at Swain & Co. we were not surprised to hear the Liam Stacey had lodged an appeal to his 56 day imprisonment sentence. The sentence appeared harsh and highly led by the publicity that surrounds this case. District Judge John Charles had stated when sentencing, that “at the moment not just the footballer’s family,…
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Lack of respect for prisoners at HMP Wymott

HMIP Inspection Report was published yesterday (23 March 2012)  revealing there were serious shortcomings in terms of self-harm and suicides, no work had been done with equality, and particularly ethnic minority prisoners who remain isolated at the prison. Perhaps the most serious, there was no real oversight of the use of force by prison officers.…
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Prosecution criticism over blunders

It has been estimated that approximately 7% of the 900,000 Crown Court cases are subject to errors. This includes the possibility of cases being dropped inappropriately, it also means that some cases will be being unjustifiably brought to trial. Swain & Co recently handled a case where the CPS acted wholly inappropriately and unlawfully in…
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Should Life mean Life for Young Offenders?

Our Criminal Defence team at Swain and Co solicitors are committed to keeping up to date with criminal cases worldwide which may change the face of the criminal justice system and establish trends in relation to youth justice. Amy Groves says; “As criminal defence specialists it is always interesting to look at rulings in other…
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