Legal Aid

Letters: Legal aid funding cuts leave prisoners outside the rule of law

PUBLISHED April 29, 2013

It is Tom McNally, the justice minister, who is confused (Letters, 26 April), not your article. He says that legal aid reforms will look to remove things like "visits or correspondence", yet these were exactly the type of cases removed from legal aid funding back in 2010 by the then Labour administration. What the recent government announcements seek to remove is any effective funding for the majority of legal issues faced by prisoners, such as all internal disciplinary measures like governor adjudications and segregation, the separation of mothers and babies in the specialist mother and baby units, and any resettlement issues. There are no exemptions for children or vulnerable prisoners.

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