The Human Rights Act 1998 came into force in the UK on 2nd October 2000. Still in its infancy, this Act has been the subject of much speculation regarding the extent and nature of its use. This paper will consider some of the situations where it could be used by young suspects held in police custody and pre-trial remand prisoners. Both groups are 'innocent' in the eyes of the law in that neither have been found guilty of a crime in a court of law at this stage. Drawing upon both primary and secondary data, this paper will explore potential breaches of procedural articles 3, 5 and 6 by the criminal justice system for these two groups. The paper will conclude by suggesting some reforms for policy and practice to avoid such contraventions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-68
JournalJournal of the Institute of Justice and International Studies
Publication statusPublished - 2002
EventThe September 2001 International Corrections Symposium - Institute of Justice and International Studies Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, United States
Duration: 11 Sep 200113 Sep 2001

    Research areas

  • Human Rights Act 1998, young suspects, pre-trial remand prisoners

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