The open prison bottleneck is the latest crisis in the prison system resulting from the IPP debacle. Lifers are being re-categorised into open conditions but there aren't enough places. Recent judicial review challenges have been conceded, often at the last minute, and the prison service appears to feel vulnerable, making this fertile ground for legal challenge.


10.00am Morning Session

Welcome Andrew Sperling, Chairman, APL

Session one:€“ Getting to open conditions (45 mins) 
Pete Weatherby QC and Matthew Stanbury

  • The effect of recent cases relating to failure to transfer indeterminate sentence prisoners to the open estate and the provision of ROTL, and the new PSI 21/2012.
  • Catch 22: the difficulties faced by determinate sentence prisoners who cannot achieve parole without an opportunity to prove themselves in the open estate.

Session two: Problems that arise in the open estate (2hr) Chaired by Kate Stone

  • Practical difficulties: prisoner’s earnings; delays when you get to open conditions; removal from open conditions etc – Vijay Jagadesham and Andrew Sperling
  • Particular circumstances which might inhibit transfer to open conditions such as:
    * foreign national status - Hamish Arnott 
    * learning disabilities - Matthew Stanbury 
    * restraining orders and POCA issues- Vijay Jagadesham
  • Women prisoners and open conditions – Rachel Chapman
  • Young people and open conditions – Laura Janes


1.45pm Afternoon Session

Afternoon Chair - Pete Weatherby QC

Session three:€“ Open Conditions Question Time (1hr15) 
Invited panel to include Parole Board, PPCS, Eoin McLennan-Murray (President of Prison Governors Association) and Simon Creighton

Session four:€“ A psychological perspective (1hr) 
Dr Jackie Craissati

Session five:€“ Funding prison law work (45 mins) 
Carl Buckley, Rikki Garg and Mike Pemberton 
A round-up of the latest developments in funding for all prison law work

Session five:€“ Closing discussion and Q&A (15mins) 
Pete Weatherby QC, Andrew Sperling and other panel members 
Round-up and Q&A on trends in prison rights law. You pick the topics.


£85 + VAT per delegate or a discounted rate of £60 + VAT for APL members (APL membership no. to be quoted on booking form). Lunch and all training materials are included.

Actual Event Date - 2012/10/25 10:00


Guest Speakers

  • Hamish Arnott
  • Carl Buckley
  • Rachel Chapman
  • Dr Jackie Craissati
  • Simon Creighton
  • Rikki Garg
  • Laura Janes
  • Eoin McLennan-Murray
  • Mike Pemberton
  • Andrew Sperling