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Your legal rights remain in place even after you have been handed a custodial sentence, so if you believe that you are being unfairly or unlawfully treated by the prison service or any of its employees, you are absolutely permitted to make any legal claim that is relevant to your situation. 

Should you believe that you have a claim in response to poor treatment or assault by a prison officer that you may have experienced while serving a custodial term, DPP Law will be there to support you and to ensure that you are listened to and respected every step of the way.

We’re highly experienced in claims against prisons, and our specialist actions against public authorities solicitors will work closely with you to build a strong case. 

In Northern Ireland alone, compensation to the tune of £230,000 was paid out to prison inmates between 1 January 2017 and 31 July 2018. 

Whatever your situation and circumstances in custody, you have the right to make civil complaints against prisons, their employees or other inmates if any of the following occurs:

  • Assignation of an unsuitable prison category
  • Infringement of human rights
  • Mistreatment during disciplinary hearings or parole hearings
  • Denial of promised family visitation

DPP Law has a strong history of taking actions against prisons and representing prisoner compensation claims for clients who are currently – or have previously been – incarcerated and feel as though their rights are not being met or respected.

Can you sue if you get hurt in prison?

Yes. Depending on the circumstances of the incident in question, you can either choose to sue the individual responsible or the organisation in charge of the prison of which you are a current resident. 

Can you sue someone while in prison?

Absolutely – prison inmates have the same right to legal action and representation as anyone else. 

As your legal representatives and advisors, DPP Law can offer you:

  • Intimate understanding of the custodial system
  • Ongoing support, advice, help and representation throughout your incarceration and parole period
  • Accessible, friendly and highly trained specialists

If you believe that any behaviour towards you by prison officials or employees of the Ministry of Justice has been unfair or unethical, it’s likely that you’ll have a viable legal case against them. To find out if this is the case, and what can be done to make a complaint, get in touch with the legal specialists at DPP Law today.

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