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Charles Bronson: UK's Most Notorious Prisoner Facing Public Parole Hearing Next Month

An application made by Charles Bronson's lawyers to request a public parole hearing was granted last year. Next month the notorious prisoner will make his latest bid for freedom away from secrecy and closed doors.

Charles Bronson will face a public parole hearing next month in his most recent bid for freedom.
Charles Bronson will face a public parole hearing next month in his most recent bid for freedom.

It has been confirmed by the Parole Board that the latest case review of Charles Bronson, one of the UK's longest-serving prisoners, will take place on Monday, March 6, and continue on Wednesday, March 8. The board will decide if they believe Bronson is now suitable to be released from prison.

Charles Bronson, who in 2014 changed his surname to Salvador after the artist Salvador Dali, has been dubbed one of Britain's most violent offenders and has spent much of the last 50 years behind bars, frequently being held in specialist units and solitary confinement.

Bronson is said to be being held at HMP Woodhill, a high-security prison in Milton Keynes.

After reportedly first being jailed in 1968, Bronson has taken 11 hostages in nine different sieges - with victims ranging from prison staff, doctors, governors, and on one occasion, his own solicitor.

In 2000, he was sentenced to a discretionary life term with a minimum of four years for taking a prison teacher hostage for 44 hours at HMP Hull. Since then the Parole Board has repeatedly refused to release him.

Last year the rules around the parole system were changed, with prisoners being able to request a public hearing where the press and the public could observe in an attempt to remove the secrecy around the process. Bronson became the first prisoner to formally request a public hearing.

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