Prisoners' Advice Service
Lady Edwina Grosvenor presents the Radio 4 Appeal for the Prisoners' Advice Service.
- Freephone 0800 404 8144
- Freepost BBC Radio 4 Appeal, mark the back of the envelope 'The Prisoners Advice Service'.
The Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS)
Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS) has for twenty years provided free, expert legal advice
and representation for adult prisoners in England and Wales.
It is defined by the idea that everyone deserves to have their basic human rights upheld, and the access to justice to be able to defend these rights if they are being threatened.
Advice and advocacy from legal professionals is offered to any prisoner on any legal matter for the cost of a local phone call, regardless of their individual resources or situation.
Reconnecting with families
We have provided legal advice and assistance to prisoners that have enabled them to:
- Achieve Childcare Resettlement Leave so that prisoners who are primary carers may have more opportunity to be with their children.
- Be together with their newborn child in prison in a Mother and Baby Unit.
- receive visits from family where they have been unlawfully prevented from receiving such visits.
Preparing for rehabilitation
PAS assists prisoners to understand the prison rules, which are seldom communicated with any clarity.
PAS also helps prisoners to access the tools of rehabilitation, such as education and appropriate services on release.
Helping vulnerable people
For example, many prisoners suffer from physical disabilities, and require legal help to secure reasonable adjustments to their living conditions in prison, or the appropriate services upon their release.
Over 70% of prisoners suffer from two or more mental disorders, and require access to the correct care.