Open jail terms ‘infringe lags’ human rights’
JAILING offenders indefinitely without providing proper access to rehabilitation courses is a breach of human rights, European judges have ruled.
The European Court of Human Rights blamed “lack of resources” for delays in three men doing courses before being considered for release.
They have been awarded between £12,000 and £16,000 in compensation and costs.
The government, which has scrapped the sentences, says it will appeal the decision.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling told the Commons: “I am very disappointed by this. It is not an area where I welcome the court seeking to make rulings.”
There are more than 6,000 prisoners in England and Wales serving such sentences, with many of those now entitled to compensation