11th December 2013
CHARLIE HAS NOW MOVED! Please be advised that Charlie is now in Woodhill Prison. The address can be found on our contact page. He was moved on Tuesday 10th December, is now in a single doored cell, has been able to enjoy a bath (as opposed to showers) and will be allowed opened visits. To add to this, his family will be allowed to take him clothing in. Roll on 2014 and Charlie's appeal.
17th October 2013
BRILLIANT NEWS! Charlie has now been reduced to a 3 man unlock. He is the ONLY prisoner on the CSC on so low an unlock and this now means his move to Woodhill could be happening any time now. Roll on Woodhill and the progression towards decategorisation.
1st September 2013
Here you go folks, some photos from the successful hand-over of the petition to 10 Downing Street. Big thank you to everyone who attended! Click on the photo to visit the page!
18th August 2013
There is a commentary piece going in tomorrow's Guardian, courtesy of writer Erwin James. We cannot thank Erwin enough for signing the petition and bringing some pro-Charlie media coverage to our campaign. Here's the piece online and it is in tomorrow's hard copy of the Guardian. See here...
10th August 2013
There is a nice article in today's Guardian Newspaper, courtesy of Erwin James. The piece reports on Charlie's intended third appeal and also the 10,000 strong petition that is being handed in to Downing Street on 31st August. More uniquely, Erwin's report states FACTS and refrains from using the usual defamatory remarks one would associate with media reports on Charlie. A big thank you to Erwin for a fair, factual piece. To read the article, please click on the logo:
7th August 2013
We need to let all supporters know that the CCRC cannot put a caseworker on to Charlie's appeal for approximately 6-8 months and believe it or not, this is fast tracking it [due to his being a serving prisoner]. They have a massive backlog of cases to deal with. On a lighter note, they have not rejected his case outright, so it is encouraging news. The most important thing we want to stress is this: CHARLIE IS COOL WITH THIS. He understands that the legal wheels turn slowly. This has not derailed him - he is still focused, positive and kicking on. Please do not feel that he is in a bad place over this - he is not! 2013 - never a lucky year... 2014 all the way. Charlie has served his time, it's time to free him!
30th July 2013
IT'S OFFICIAL! Supporters, we have some great news. We have been granted OFFICIAL permission to hand in the Free Charlie Bronson petition. Charllie requested two family members to present the petition to a Downing Street representative and they have been given the all clear and security clearance. The petition will be handed over on Saturday 31st August, at 1pm. Supporters are welcome to meet on the green outside the Houses of Parliament at 12 noon if they would like to support this event. Further, we are only around 90 signatures short of 10,00 so please sign and share the petition (click on the photo of Charlie). We'll see you there!
28th June 2013
We have had confirmation from Charlie's legal team that the CCRC (the Criminal Cases Review Committee) have received all the paperwork submitted in support of his legal appeal. We hope and pray they now decide to let the appeal run, on the basis of new evidence submitted and the utter injustice of Charlie's life term for kidnap. How utterly ridiculous that a man can be serving life for taking a hostage, who was released physically unharmed. Let's hope the Gods are on Charlie's side this time, God knows he's served his time and then some.
CHARLIE HAS SERVED HIS TIME, IT'S TIME TO FREE HIM!
16th June 2013
We spoke to Charlie about the recent disparaging remarks from David Wilson. Charlie had this to say to us:
"I've nothing to say to the man. Just like back in '92 when he was guvnor of Woodhill, I won't even acknowledge him. Perhaps it's why he's so obsessed with me. The man didn't know me then and don't know me now, 21 years later. I've come a long way. It's laughable that he keeps using my name in his self-publicity drive, talking like he knows me. He's no expert. He's not even a professional. What professional tries to insult a man by calling him camp, in CHAT Magazine? ha ha ha. He's suggesting that if you're camp you're not a real man. Insulting the gay community. How childish.
He's now shown what a nasty side he has and how he really feels about me - 21 years later! Imagine how it was for me in Woodhill back then. He put me straight into solitary and tries to convince people I wanted to be there. Perhaps he wants to justify his own appalling behaviour towards prisoners. You can see how he feels about giving people the chance to change, can't you? Amazing he works with The Howard League and New Bridge.
My legal team will be monitoring his future conduct. They've been sent copies of his emails and the silly article. Me? I don't give a f***. I have 100% focused on my appeal and nothing or nobody will steer me off track. I have a great family, an absolutely fantastic fiance and some loyal supporters, as well as a legal team that believe in me. I can only thank you all. I'd ask all supporters to keep us informed if they clock anything they think my legal team need to see. Other than that, leave the silly little man to his own devices. Do what I did 21 years ago, ignore him. Let's focus on my freedom!
14th June 2013
We are dismayed to read recent comments from former governor of Woodhill Prison, David Wilson. Now a self-proclaimed criminologist, he used a recent interview with Chat Magazine about serial killers to drag Charlie's name into the equation. More worrying than this was his childish and wholly inapropriate comments about Charlie. We have written to Mr Wilson and shall be writing to two organisations on which he sits to make them aware of this unprofesional conduct. Please click on the image to see the article in question and also, Charlie's statement in response.
21st May 2013
The parole board's findings have been received by Charlie and his legal team. Please click on the attached image. To read Charlie's reaction, click on the LEGAL NEWS link above.
13th May 2013
Charlie's parole hearing in May went well. Although Charlie chose not to attend due to the two month delay the parole board had, his barrister and solicitor were present. Early indications are that the meeting well. Charlie has remained adjudication-free for the 2 year period covered (for the layman, this means he has had no trouble and no reports made against him). However, what people should understand is that the parole board are unable to make any recommendations for prisoners in the closed estate (i.e. solitary confinement, as Charlie is in). This does raise the question: What is the point in the parole hearing then?! We don't know the answer to this. Charlie was not concerned with the parole hearing and not expecting to be offered anything, but his barrister said it was a very positive meeting. The Parole Board will probably submit their report to Charlie and his legal team within the next fortnight. Meantime, Charlie is more concerned with a proposed move to another prison, which will hopefully be a progressive move. He is also looking forward to his third legal appeal, which will hopefully launch August - September this year. To date, all paperwork has now been received by the legal team and will shortly be submitted to the Criminal Cases Review Committee. Once the CCRC have examined all of this paperwork, they will decide if Charlie has grounds to appeal. If we get any more news on this front, we will let supporters know.
28th April 2013
A reminder than Charlie's oral parole hearing is on May 2nd. Charlie has opted not to be in attendance, instead he will have legal representation on his behalf. Parole does not mean, as many think, immediate release. The Parole hearing will look at how Charlie has progressed in the last 2 years since his previous hearing and make some suggestions. It is hoped the Board may suggest Charlie be de-categorised although no one is holding their breath for this. Perhaps a recommendation for a move to less stringent conditions? We will let you know the outcome as soon as we hear. Fingers crossed for Charlie.
13th March 2013
Charlie has been given the date for his parole hearing. MAY 2ND 2013. Over a month's delay and Charlie won't be attending it but his barrister will be in attendance to represent him and it is still worth remembering that any IPP prisoners in a position where they do not have access to relevant courses (a position Charlie is in), they can now seek advice from their legal representatives and make claims for judicial review and damages. Roll on May 2nd. There is absolutely no chance the Parole Board will decide to release Charlie, but we are hopeful they may consider de-categorisation and allowing him the chance to progress in some way, instead of being kept for 23 hours of the day in a cage, like an animal.
9th March 2013
There is a rather interesting piece in this month's Inside Times, the prison newspaper. This relates to IPP Life sentence prisoners, of which Charlie is one (IPP stands for The Indeterminate Sentence for Public Protection). Like many, Charlie is now TEN YEARS OVER the three year recommended tariff given to him. To read the full article on Inside Time's site, click on the image to the right.
29th November 2012
We are delighted to bring you Charlie's own comments on his recent completion of the Violence Reduction Programme. Please click on the image to read his own thoughts on the amazing achievement!
27th November 2012
We have some really lovely news to give to supporters and something Charlie wants us to share with people. In 40 years of imprisonment, Charlie has never participated in ANY prison courses or programmes. However, he has recently completed the Violence Reduction Programme (VRP). This is a massive achievement for Charlie as it not only shows the man he is today but also marks a positive step towards a much hoped for move. He is awaiting news of a progressive move to Woodhill, which will be extremely challenging for him, as it is a much tougher regime and a completely different environment. But it is a move he is more than ready for, mentally and physically. Any move was dependent on Charlie completing this VRP Course, which can be very challenging mentally. Charlie today received his certificate to mark successful completion and now waits for news on the move. Watch this space as Charlie is going to give supporters his own thoughts on the course very soon!