Prisoners’ Advice Service offers free legal advice and support to adult prisoners throughout England and Wales regarding their human and legal rights, conditions of imprisonment and the application of Prison Law and the Prison Rules.  We can also advise on matters of Family Law, and of Immigration Law to prisoners with issues relating to detention or deportation.

The charity holds two contracts with the Legal Aid Agency: Prison Law and Public Law.

It responds to prisoners’ calls for help about their treatment in prison through our telephone Advice Line, Letters Clinic, Outreach Clinics inside prisons, Self Help Toolkits and Information Sheets and quarterly publication, Prisoners’ Legal Rights Bulletin (PLRB). Where appropriate, we take legal action on prisoners’ behalf.  We also provide information within the prison sector.

Examples of issues PAS can advise upon include: parole, temporary release, indeterminate sentences, categorisation, adjudications, sentence calculation, licence and recall, discrimination, contact with children, resettlement and healthcare matters.

We neither seek, nor accept, Home Office or Prison Service funding as this could jeopardise our independence.

Latest news

Edwina Grosvenor to Give PAS Annual Lecture

Reserve your seats now for PAS’ Annual Lecture, which, this year, will take as its topic, “The traumatic impact of women’s imprisonment on families”.

The talk will be given by renowned …


Advice Line Hours Change

In a bold new move, PAS is extending the opening hours of our Advice Line.

From Tuesday 3 September, prisoners will be able to call the Advice Line to speak with …