Open jail terms ‘in­fringe lags’ hu­man rights’

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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

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