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Ep3: Presumed innocent but behind bars

Why are some people held in prison while awaiting trial?
Alexandra Kimmons
18 Jun 2022

In this episode we explore pre-trial imprisonment, otherwise known as remand. The remand process allows people who have not been found guilty of a crime to be kept in prison, sometimes for months or even years, while awaiting trial.

Rob and Penelope are joined by Griff Ferris of Fair Trials, and May Robson, who has researched the use of remand for foreign national women, to discuss why we imprison people before trial and what could be done to decrease the number of people stuck in this limbo.

Griff Ferris of @FairTrials
Read Fair Trials’ report Locked up in lockdown: Life on remand during the pandemic here for a look into the lived reality of remand.

May Robson @mayrbsn
Read May’s work on bail decision making for foreign national women here.

Further resources
Read Transform Justice’s written evidence to the Justice Committee on the role of adult custodial remand in the criminal justice system here.

The Transform Justice podcast is hosted by Penelope Gibbs and Rob Allen and produced and edited by Alexandra Kimmons and Sonderbug Productions. With thanks to Burges Salmon LLP for use of their space.