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Category Archives: Prison Law

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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Swain & Co featured in Legal 500 once again this year.

The 2016 edition of Legal 500 has today been released and we are delighted to announce we are in it again for the 4th year running. It is always a pleasure and honour to be listed in Legal 500 as it evidences we are at the forefront of protecting civil liberties and advancing public law…
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Against the odds Parole result

Dean recently represented a long-standing client before the Parole Board for his pre-tariff review. The hearing took place over two separate days as on the first occasion, the Panel had not been provided with a full copy of the parole dossier and were given a security report with the Offender Supervisor’s handwritten notes, which contained…
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