A sentenced prisoner has rights and entitlements. A prisoner has the right to:

  • Talk to a lawyer – a Legal Aid Queensland lawyer, a community legal service lawyer or a private lawyer
  • Make complaints
  • Sue for damages
  • Receive medical care
  • Vote in federal elections if the sentence is three years or less
  • Apply to transfer to another prison, including interstate.

Prisoners’ Legal Service is a community legal centre. It provides free legal advice to Queensland prisoners and their families on matters relating to imprisonment.

Legal Aid Queensland’s prison legal advice lawyers can provide help over the phone, via video conference or meeting. Find our more on its legal information page for prisoners.

See our range of resources to provide additional information.