Yearly Archives:2014

Prisoners’ legal letters opened by prison staff, admits ombudsman

Prisoners’ confidential legal letters to and from their lawyers and the courts have been wrongly opened by prison staff in half of cases investigated by the prisons ombudsman in the past year.

The prisons and probation ombudsman, Nigel Newcomen, carried out 32 official investigations into complaints about the handling of confidential correspondence with prisoners in England and Wales, and found in half of them private legal letters to and from prisoners had been in opened by mista Read More

Scrapping the Human Rights Act will allow the state to decide which citizens should have rights

One of the key pledges in the Conservative manifesto this year alongside commitments on the economy, the EU and housing policy, was a promise to scrap the Human Rights Act (HRA) and to replace it with a British Bill of Rights. Although this policy was in their 2010 manifesto, they were unable to get it through the coalition government. Now they are trying again.

Last week, the attorney general Jeremy Wright said that he could not guarantee the UK would not pull out of the European C Read More