Hello friend,

I received the decision on my cross -border transfer application for me to go to Scotland. Mmm… not what I expected. They say:

“Regarding your transfer request there is currently no suitable release address in Scotland and it is not clear whether the Local Authority in Scotland would agree to undertake your supervision, unfortunately the SPS [Scottish Prison Service] cannot give consent to your transfer on a restricted non time limit basis at this time …”

The letter was sent by the English CBT section. Pretty vague, huh? Plus, even if the release address was not suitable, and it’s not clear why that would be the case, that is not one of the 4 parts of the criteria; which I meet.

I’ve written to both jurisdictions for some clarity and to find out the appeal avenues. This decision, as it is, contains grounds to judicially review (inadequate reasons).

Well, it’s going to take a little bit longer to get my transfer; I won’t be giving up without a fight.

Be happy, be safe.
Graham Coutts, 3rd December 2017

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