Action Alert! Freedom for John Rumney

  1. John Rumney (Prisoner Number: A7431AE) got an IPP sentence with a 16 month tariff for threats to harm. He has now served 12 years. John is facing a Catch-22 situation. Probation want to release him to a resettlement programme in Liverpool, where he has no family or friends. He would not be allowed to work and would have to live on £50 a week. This is not sustainable: he would breach his licence and end up back in prison. John knows that being in work is what he needs to stay well and out of prison. He wants to move to a Pipe Hostel in Bury, where his family live, and where he can work and integrate back into the community.

John’s Offender Manager and Offender Supervisor rarely visit him (he has seen his Offender Manager twice in a year). He has had no support from the system and they cannot know what he needs.

Please write or email Roz Hamilton and Rob Knight (details below) to voice your concerns about John’s situation.  Tell them he should be released to a Pipe Hostel in Bury, where he will be allowed to work and be near his family. You can find a template below, but please put it into your own words if possible, as this will have much more of an impact.

Please tell Smash IPP if you’ve written to them, so that we know people are responding and fighting for John.

Email: roz.hamilton@manchester.probation.gsi.gov.uk

Address: Roz Hamilton, Chief Executive Greater Manchester Probation, 19 High Street, Stockport, SK1 1EG

Email: Rob.Knight@hmps.gsi.gov.uk

Address: Governor Rob Knight, HMP Buckley Hall, Buckley Hall Road, Rochdale, Lancashire OL12 9DP

Template letter:

Dear Roz Hamilton / Governor Rob Knight,

I am writing with concern about prisoner John Rumney, who is currently in HMP Buckley Hall. He is an IPP prisoner over a decade over tariff, with a parole hearing coming up in January. John wants to go to a Pipe Hostel in Bury, where his family live and where after 3 months he can work. Work is what he needs in order to stay out of prison and integrate into the community. However, his probation officer is saying he should go to a resettlement programme in Liverpool, where he has no connections, would not be allowed to work and would have to live on £50 a week. Under these conditions, John is at massive risk of breaching his licence and returning to prison. This would have serious consequences for him and his family’s well-being, not to mention society. John has been failed by the IPP sentence and is being failed by the probation system.

I ask with urgency for you to investigate why John’s probation officer is favouring the Liverpool resettlement programme, rather than the Bury Pipe Hostel which he needs.

I look forward to your written response confirming that you will take action to put John on the right path to freedom and work near his family and friends.

Yours sincerely,

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