Why may a prisoner be transferred?
There are many reasons why a prisoner serving his sentence in one prison may be transferred to another within the duration of their sentence. Some of these reasons include:
Their security category has changed
In order to serve the final weeks of their sentence in a prison nearer their home
The prisoner’s sentence plan requires them to complete a course which is not available at the prison they are in, such as drug and alcohol, or anger management schemes
They are behaving in a disruptive way
Category A prisoners are routinely moved from time to time for security reasons
For their own safety if they are being bullied within the original prison
If their main visitor has a medical problem making visits impossible.
If they no longer need to be kept in such a high security facility, i.e. transferred to open prison conditions
Can a prisoner request a transfer?
Under UK law, a person sent to prison can be held in any prison. A prisoner has no legal right to request which prison they want to serve their sentence in. A prisoner does not have any legal right to be transferred to a prison of their choice.
A prisoner may apply to be transferred to a different prison, but whether or not this is granted will be the decision of then Prison Governor, unless the prisoner is a category A prisoner, or a prisoner serving a life sentence, on which the decision will be made by the Prison Headquarters.
For more information on:
- Prison location policy
- Transfer refusal
- Can a prisoner be transferred without informing the family?
- Failure to inform relatives of prisoner transfer
- Temporary transfers