Tag: Prisoner’s rights
Covid-19 legislation extends pre-trial custody time limits
The 2020 Regulations extend pre-trial custody time limits in the Crown Court to a maximum of 238 days, with the ultimate intention of easing the backlog of cases in the Crown Court as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. However, the new limits – which apply to children and adults alike – may serve to unfairly remand innocent individuals in custody.
Young offenders may be eligible for temporary release as a result of Covid-19
The Ministry of Justice and Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service have introduced the End of Custody Temporary Release Scheme (ECTR) which applies to young offenders. The criteria governing the temporary release of young offenders has been set out in Rule 5A of the Young Offender Institution Rules 2000, 'Coronavirus Restricted Temporary Release'.
Child held in unlawful isolation at Feltham Prison
AB v Secretary of State and Youth Justice Board  EWHC 1694 (Admin) The High Court has held that the segregation of a child for over 22 hours a day at Her Majesty’s Young Offender Institution (HMYOI) Feltham breached Article 8 of the ECHR and the Young Offender Institution Rules 2000.