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Blackstone's Prison Law Handbook 2014-2015


ISBN13: 9780199671731
Published: November 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Flexicover, pocketbook,
Price: £53.00



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An ideal first source of reference for practitioners, judges, and legal representatives working on any case affecting prisoners, Blackstone's Prison Law Handbook is a complete practical guide to the main areas that give rise to prisoner complaints which include sentence calculation, Independent Adjudications, licence recall, and Parole Board hearings.

The Handbook emphasises practical considerations which the practitioner should take into account and refers to the most recent relevant statutory provisions, key domestic and European cases, Prison Service Instructions (PSIs), and Prison Service Orders (PSOs), allowing practitioners to keep up to date in a fast moving area.

Blackstone's Prison Law Handbook uses a similar format to Blackstone's Magistrates' Court Handbook with an easy-to-use layout, facilitating quick reading and instant decision-making. Diagrams, flowcharts, and a clear system of icons aid comprehension and speedy navigation. The Handbook also contains cross-references to Blackstone's Criminal Practice for further research.

Subjects:
Prison Law
Contents:
PART A: THE PRISON SYSTEM
A1 National Offender Management Services (NOMS)
A2 The National Probation Service (NPS)
A3 Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)
A4 Types of Prison
A5 Prison Personnel
A6 Non-governmental organisations
A7 Sources of Prison Law
A8 Access to information

PART B: PROCEDURE
B1 Overview
B2 Devolved Functions
B3 Qualifying Criteria
B4 Scope
B5 New Matter Starts
B6 Payment
B7 Associated Civil Work

PART C: THE PRISON REGIME
C1 Overview
C2 Prisoner Categories
C3 Initial Categorisation and Allocation Category A
C4 Re-categorisation and Re-allocation Category A
C5 Initial Categorisation and Allocation - Non-Category A Prisoners
C6 Re-categorisation and re-allocation Non Category A
C7 Challenging Categorisation & Allocation Decisions
C8 Sentence Planning
C9 Challenging the sentence plan
C10 Requests and Complaints Procedure
C11 Reserved Subjects
C12 Types of complaint
C13 Lost or damaged property
C14 Visits
C15 Correspondence
C16 Telephone Communication
C17 Searches
C18 Use of Force
C19 Mandatory Drug Testing (MDT)
C20 Work and Pay
C21 Healthcare
C22 The Prison and Probation Ombudsman
C23 Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration (PCA)
C24 Petition to the Secretary of State
C25 Practical Considerations

PART D: FORMAL DISCIPLINE
D1 Overview
D2 Charging Procedure
D3 Offences
D4 Preliminary Matters
D5 Role of adjudicators
D6 Jurisdiction
D7 Legal Assistance
D8 Disclosure
D9 Pre-hearing Preparation
D10 Adjournments
D11 Conduct of Adjudications
D12 Evidence
D13 Punishments
D14 Minor Reports
D15 Remission and Review

PART E: INFORMAL DISCIPLINE
E1 Overview
E2 Segregation under Rule 45/YOI Rule 49
E3 Transfer to other prisons/units
E4 Re-categorisation
E5 Incentives and earned privileges (IEP) scheme

PART F: RELEASE AND PAROLE
F1 Introduction
F2 Overview Release on Temporary Licence (ROTL)
F3 Resettlement Day Release (RDR)
F4 Resettlement Overnight Release (ROR)
F5 Childcare Resettlement Leave (CRL)
F6 Special Purpose Licence (SPL)
F7 Temporary Release for Juveniles
F8 Prisoners Requiring Special Consideration
F9 Challenging refusals to grant ROTL
F10 Statutory Overview determinate sentences
F11 Remand Time
F12 Additional Days Awarded (ADA)
F13 Sentence Calculation
F14 Automatic Release Schemes
F15 Juveniles and young offenders
F16 Unlawfully at large (UAL)
F17 Home Detention Curfew (HDC)
F18 Challenging HDC refusals
F19 Challenging sentence calculation
F20 Parole Determinate Sentences
F21 Parole - Indeterminate Sentence Prisoners (ISP)
F22 Test for Release
F23 Move to Open Conditions
F24 ISP Parole Procedure
F25 Pre-Hearing Preparation
F26 Practical Considerations
F27 Prisoners maintaining innocence
F28 Short tariff prisoners
F29 Licence Conditions
F30 Breach of Licence
F31 Fixed Term Recall (FTR)
F32 Standard Recall
F33 Challenging Adverse Parole Decisions
F34 Release on compassionate grounds
F35 Early removal scheme (ERS)
F36 Facilitated Return Scheme (FRS)
F37 Tariff Expired Removal Scheme (TERS)
F38 Repatriation
F39 Special Remission

PART G: JUDICIAL REVIEW
G1 Overview
G2 Alternative remedy
G3 Overlap with civil actions
G4 Grounds for JR
G5 Procedure
G6 Remedies

APPENDICES
Appendix 1 Prison Rules 1999
Appendix 2 Young Offender Institution Rules 2000
Appendix 3 The Parole Board Rules 2011
Appendix 4 Criminal Justice Act 2003, Schedule 15, 15BM