Charles Bronson, often called Britain’s most notorious prisoner, has a chance to finally be released after a parole hearing this week.

He will argue that after almost 50 years in prison, he is now safe to be released.

Bronson is the subject of a new Channel 4 documentary that aired last week. Bronson: Fit to be Free? featured interviews with the 70-year-old from inside HM Prison Woodhill in Milton Keynes.

When is Charles Bronson’s parole hearing and can you watch?

A public parole board hearing for Bronson is set to begin on Monday 6 March at 10.30am from the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

It will continue on Wednesday 8 March, with the final day on Friday 10 March.

The board will hear from prison and probation staff, a lawyer for the Justice Secretary, Dominic Raab, and Bronson himself. Bronson will appear via a video link from jail.

The first two days of the hearing will be streamed live at the Royal Courts of Justice, but Friday will be behind closed doors. People can only watch the stream if they attend the Royal Courts of Justice in person. The viewing room for Monday’s session is already at capacity.

Could Charles Bronson be released?

Bronson has spent the majority of his adult life in prison – and much of it in solitary confinement.

The parole board’s will decide whether Bronson presents a danger to others if he is released. If the risks are deemed low, he could be let out on a life licence. This means he would be recalled to prison if he breaks the terms of his parole.

“I’m focused, I’m settled, I can actually smell and taste freedom like I’ve never, ever done in my life,” Bronson said in the Channel 4 the documentary, speaking over the phone to his brother.

“I’m now anti-crime, anti-violent. What the f*** am I still in prison for?”

The Justice Secretary is opposing Bronson’s parole, arguing that he remains a significant danger to the public if released.

Bronson’s lawyers will argue it has been eight years since his last conviction and four years since his last internal prison adjudication for violence.

Former Metropolitan Police Service detective chief inspector, Simon Harding, said: “Bronson has an incredibly violent streak and it’s very, very risky to release people like that.

“And then, what happens if he is released? There’s all the monitoring involved because he will be on a life licence. He’s a very dangerous man who’s could be released into society very shortly.”

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Why is Charles Bronson in prison?

Bronson, who was born Michael Peterson in Luton in 1952, first went to prison in 1974, after he was found guilty of armed robbery and sentenced to seven years.

However, he received additional time for attacking prison guards and fellow inmates, meaning he was not released until 1987. This is when he changed his name to Charles Bronson, which he felt more fitting to a new career in bare-knuckle boxing.

It was only a year before Bronson was back in prison after he was convicted of planning another robbery.

Frequent attacks on prisoners and guards, as well as a number of instances in which he took people hostage, eventually resulted in Bronson’s sentence being upgraded to life imprisonment.

Bronson, who creates art in prison, changed his name to Charles Salvador in 2014 in honour of Salvador Dali.

Why is Charles Bronson notorious?

Bronson has developed a reputation for being one of the UK’s most violent prisoners.

His most notorious incidents include attacking a fellow prisoner with a glass jug in 1975, and carrying out a three-day protest on a prison rooftop in 1985.

In 1994 Bronson held a prison librarian hostage, demanding an inflatable doll, a helicopter and a cup of tea as ransom. He has orchestrated several other hostage situations, and due to his behaviour has spent much of his time behind bars in solitary confinement.

Bronson has been moved 120 times since first being locked up, and has also spent time in psychiatric institutions, including Broadmoor Hospital.

He has written books about his prison experiences, including about his prison fitness regime, something that has long been important to him.

A dramatisation of his time in prison called Bronson, starring Tom Hardy in the titular role, was released in 2008.

Bronson is a keen painter and has seen his work sell for thousands. In 2014, a sale of 200 of his pieces raised more than £30,000 at auction. Much of his work depicts prison life.

The Charles Salvador Art Foundation was founded in 2014 to promote his artwork and “help those in positions even less fortunate than his own” to participate in art.

He has previously stated: “I’m a nice guy, but sometimes I lose all my senses and become nasty. That doesn’t make me evil, just confused.”

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