Legal aid for prisoners was severely curtailed following the introduction of the Criminal Legal Aid (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 on 2 December 2013. The regulations mean that prisoners who had previously been provided with legally aided advice, assistance and advocacy now have to fend for themselves, pay privately or rely on charities like the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS) for help.
This article was written by Laura Janes, legal co-director at Howard League for Penal Reform and Deborah Russo, PAS’s joint managing solicitor
It first appeared on www.thejusticegap.com
The full article can be read here.