R (on the application of Thomas) v Secretary of State for Justice

Prison – Prison conditions. The claimant was serving a life sentence with a tariff of eight years for sexual offences against children. He sought judicial review of the defendant Secretary of State's decision not to accept the parole board's recommendation that he was suitable to be transferred to an open prison. The Administrative Court, in dismissing the application, held that the Secretary of State, whilst giving full weight to the important recommendation of the parole board, had been entitled to depart from it. Further, his reasons for doing so had not been unreasonable or irrational.

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