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.
30th April 2013
'Born Survivor' - a Bronson boxing pose sculpture, brand new from Bronson Ltd Editions. Hand made and cast in bronze resin, each one is hand made and numbered, with numbers limited to only 40 in production. Please visit their website to register your interest by clicking on the image.
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.
8th April 2013
Over 5,000 signatures on the official petition. We'd like to ask anyone who hasn't signed it to please spare a few minutes to do so. Once we hit 7,500 we can combine this with the previous petition and present 10,000 signatures to the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice. We are hoping to do this around the time of Charlie's legal appeal. Charlie is now spending his 40th year inside, 23 hours a day in unrelenting solitary. For someone who hasn't murdered or raped, this cannot be justice. Please, if you agree with us, please sign the petition by following the link to the petition page here:
7th April 2013
OK folks, the limited edition Dougie Sharpe portrait prints are selling fast. These high quality prints are taken from an original piece of art, faithfully reproduced, and only 30 were been issued, (there will be no more so these limited editions will increase in value). Hand numbered from 1 through to 30, each one comes with a signed sticker from Charlie, with a little message on it. Please visit our shop page to purchase yours and be quick if you want a particular number as there are now only 19 prints left. Click on the image to go directly to the shop.
26th March 2013
Charlie asked if we could explain to people what his parole hearing actually means. He is getting quite a few letters congratulating him on his parole in May, and saying "soon be out", "Hope they let you out" and other things along this line. Charlie has found this incredibly frustrating as well as demotivating. He wants his family, friends and supporters to understand that parole does not mean he might be released. This simply won't happen under any circumstances. At best, the Parole Board might recommend a move to another prison. They may even recommend he be decategorised, although this is HIGHLY UNLIKELY. Charlie is Cat A, max secure and no category A prisoner gets released into the community. They have to go through the process of decategorisation, which can take years. The oral parole hearing will most likely result in what Charlie got 2 years ago: fuck all. Despite the hard work he has put in to doing the Violence Reduction Programme and working towards a move.. THIS IS THE LIKELY OUTCOME OF HIS HEARING. The parole is neither here nor there and Charlie is purely focusing on his third appeal, which we hope will launch Aug-Sept this year when he has all paperwork ready to submit. Finally, a big thank you for your continued support for the big man. We hope you understand how frustrated he sometimes feels, when it's clear people don't understand his situation. He won't get out on parole. His focus is the move to Woodhill and then his legal appeal.
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.
6th March 2013
Charlie has decided not to attend his Parole Hearing (whenever this may now happen, as it seems unclear exactly WHEN the Parole Board will give a definite date despite having some two years to get paperwork together). To read a full statement from Charlie regarding this, please click on the image:
14th February 2013
Just to keep supporters updated, Charlie has his parole hearing coming up in March. This will be held at HMP Wakefield, where Charlie has been adjudication-free for a prolonged period now. He has also engaged in the Violence Reduction Programme and it is hoped that the Parole Board will be acknowledging this. It is also anticipated that Charlie's next move, seen as a progressive one on the part of HMP, is going to be to Woodhill in Milton Keynes. We will keep the site updated with the latest news and of course, advise if and when Charlie makes this move. And not forgetting, his hoped for Appeal is expected to be around mid/late 2013, so things are looking positive for him. Watch this space for more news as and when we get it.
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!
13th October 2012
A rather damning report has been released by HM Prison Inspectorate regarding F-Wing at Wakefield Prison, of which the CSC Unit (where Charlie is held) is a part. Conditions have been found to be 'unfit for purpose,' with cells being small and providing inadequate natural lighting. The exercise yards are described as 'grim' and the wing was called 'cramped and cage-like.' The Inspector said that most men spent the day locked in their cells with nothing meaningful to do. These are the conditions Charlie is held in, 23 hours of the day. While many members of the public may argue these are perfect conditions for the majority of murderers and sex offenders that Wakefield holds, it's saddening that Charlie has to be among them. He is neither a murderer nor a rapist. This is why we exist and will continue to fight for justice for Charlie Bronson. To read the BBC's news article click on the image.
23rd August 2012
A big thank to Metro Newspaper and journalist Joel Taylor for highlighted the fake pieces of art being offered by Gangland Memorabilia. Hopefully the public will be forewarned about buying items from unscrupulous people of this nature. Click on the image to read the newspaper article.
22nd August 2012
We would like to warn all Charlie Bronson supporters and art lovers that there has been an array of FAKE Charlie art on ebay recently. One seller, GANGLAND MEMORABILIA was found to be selling fake pieces, and very bad copies at that. If people are interested in owning a piece of Charlie's art, please contact us. We hold pieces released by his family and they are genuine, and ALL proceeds go to Charlie's legal fund. Please click the link to see the fake on the left and the genuine article on the right. We do not want people being ripped off - and more importantly, we do not want these people profiting from Charlie while he sits in a double-doored cell for 23 hours of the day.