Creating a fairer Britain
I’m Jean Parry. My tearaway son, John, is in prison for committing armed robbery. I have seen on the news that the tariff for armed robbery has increased. I am worried that this will affect my son, and he’ll have to stay in prison longer than we first thought.
I contact the local Citizens Advice Bureau who tell me that under Article 7 of the Human Rights Act, which says that there shall be no punishment without law, John’s penalty can’t be increased after his initial conviction.
You normally have the right not to be found guilty of an offence arising out of actions which at the time you committed them were not criminal. You are also protected against later increases in the possible sentence for an offence.