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Prisoners: law and practice
Simon Creighton and Hamish Arnott
Cover of Prisoners: law and practice
First edition |  September 2009  | 864pp
ISBN: Pb 978 1 903307 71 7

Prisoners: law and practice is a comprehensive guide to the law governing prisons with a strong focus on prisoners' rights and remedies.

  ' ... a book grounded in reality and practicality and aiming to provide a comprehendible yet comprehensive account of prison law as it affects the majority of prisoners.' The Howard Journal.

' ... an essential legal reference book for prison lawyers, prisoners and prison staff alike - a copy deserves to be in every prison library, and also in the top drawer of every prison lawyer and prison governor in the country; a truly remarkable book from two truly remarkable lawyers' Converse

'This is a magisterial study of the interface between prisons and the law.' Stephen Shaw, Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, from his foreword.


'This is the most up to date and authoritative guide to prisoners' rights and the prison system. It is superbly written and organised and is, in my view, essential for anyone who works with prisoners.' Andrew Sperling, Association of Prison Lawyers.


'This is the most comprehensive text on prison law, concise and accessible and written with the overarching theme that people deprived of their liberty for whatever reason should be treated with humanity.' Matthew Evans, managing solicitor, Prisoners' Advice Service.


Prisoners: law and practice critically analyses the duties the state has to those in detention and provides thorough coverage of all the relevant domestic and international case-law, legislation, policies and guidance. It is set out in an accessible and practical way. The book follows the path of a prisoner through the custodial process from reception at prison, via the issues of categorisation and allocation, prison conditions and rights while detained, to the various mechanisms for release.


The routes for challenging adverse decisions are considered in the context in which they arise, and in addition there is a thorough chapter on the remedies available to prisoners. Relevant law is reproduced in the appendices.


Contents include:

- Legal framework
- Starting the sentence
- Serving a prison sentence
- Living conditions
- Healthcare, suicide prevention and deaths in custody
- Contact with the outside world
- Security issues
- Discipline
- Release - indeterminate sentences
- Release - fixed-term sentences
 -Remedies


Prisoners: law and practice is essential reading for lawyers, advisers and prisoners and their families. With its focus on the practice as well as the law, this book is also an invaluable guide for all those working within prisons and for the Prison Service and related bodies.

The authors

Simon Creighton and Hamish Arnott are leading practitioners in the field of prison law. They are the authors of Parole Board Hearings: law and practice.