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Project information

Access to Justice in Detention

People who are in prison and who are subject to immigration control often face not being released at the end of their sentence. 'Access to Justice in Prisons' will allow us to visit people, advise and assess their immigration and human rights claims, and make applications for bail.

April 2011 - April 2012

Charity information: Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit

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  • Need


    Prisoners who are subject to immigration control face being held in detention indefinitely because they cannot access legal representation.


    We will provide immigration legal advice and representation to people held indefinitely in immigration detention by visiting them, in prison and, where possible, get them released on bail, and provide some hope for the future.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a prison visiting and advice service to people held in immigration detention in prison.


    » Respond to requests from prisoners to visit them in detention and provide advice and representation.
    » Establish good links with prison officers to ensure access to advice for prisoners

    What success will look like

    Success will be evidence of improvements in health and well-being and people being released from detention who would otherwise have been held indefinitely

  • Impact


    The project will highlight the impact of indefinite detention on the health and well-being of people subject to immigration control, and seek to improve home office and prison policy to ensure that all prisoners in this situation get access to legal advice and representation and the prospect of release on bail.


    There is a risk that some prisons will be open to the project than others. We know that some will actively support it as a way of meeting their targets to reduce the incidence of self-harm by prisoners held in this situation. We will demonstrate the value of the intervention to help mitigate this risk.


    We will provide detailed quarterly reports of the number of prisoners seen, their circumstances, what we were able to provide, the outcome for the prisoner, and the impact of the project to the prison service.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £32,750

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      Amount Heading Description
      £26,000 Salary To visit, provide advice and casework @ 10 per month
      £5,000 On-costs Additional employment costs
      £1,750 Running costs Travel, report
  • Background


    We are based in an area of diverse ethnic and cultural groups, close to HMP Manchester and close to motorway links to other north west prisons.


    Prisoners and their families and friends, and the prison service which doesn't like holding people indefinitely either. The community benefits more widely from a fairer society and one that respects human rights.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are a well-respected legal immigration and human rights advice charity that puts people at the heart of all that we do. We are fiercely committed to ensuring that people don't receive two punishments for their crime - double jeopardy - and upholding standards of justice and human rights.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Shakhura Dawood

    Shakhura is a highly experienced and committed caseworker with over 10 years experience in this area. She is key to delivering the best project result