Tony Rice is a real life Daniel Blake. With Legal Aid for Welfare Benefits cut, Tony faced sanctions for 212 days. He was forced to live on £26.38 a week and faced eviction from his home.
At the age of 17, Sam Hallam was a victim of police non-disclosure of evidence and served seven-and-a-half years in prison for a crime he did not commit. With more Legal Aid cuts coming more people could be denied justice.
There are 80,000 men and women in prison in England and Wales, more than any other nation in Western Europe. Prison staff have been cut by 40%, assaults and self harm have risen drastically and one person in prison takes their own life every five days.
Frances Crook, CEO of The Howard League for Penal Reform says UK prisons are ”a bloodbath”.
Napo union General Secretary Ian Lawrence says prisoners are being failed by the privatised Probation Service that has seen a loss of 1800 staff members, either by job cuts or choice.
With 5000 Ministry of Justice job cut, 5000 more cut by 2022 and 250 courts closed, UK courts are in crisis and Justice is at risk.
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