Know Your Rights - Your Rights As A Prisoner

The information on this website is designed to help you to better know and understand the rights someone has while they are in prison. This website is an interactive version of IPRT and ICCL's 'Know Your Rights - Your Rights as a Prisoner' booklet.

The booklet is available for download in different formats by clicking the orange button.

Please don’t be put off by the amount of information on this website. You can read and/or print just the sections that are important to you. We have done our best to write and present this information as clearly as we can, and we start below by explaining some of the key words used on this website.

You can always click back to the 'Key Words' section if you come across a word you do not understand. We used Plain English Guidelines to help as many people as possible understand the information.

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As a prisoner, do I have the right to vote?

Yes. If you are in prison, and are not registered for voting, you can register for a postal vote. This should be for a vote in the area that you would be living in if you were not in prison. You do this by completing a ‘Form RFA4’ and posting it to the relevant address in good time before the vote.

If you are already registered to vote in that area and wish to be able to vote from prison, then you should fill out a ‘Form RFG’.

These forms are available in all prisons. You should send the form to the local authority for your area. If you need more information about how to register, ask the Governor or your Class Officer.