21st February 2020
Automatic Release Changes in Parliament
How Does It Affect Offenders?
Custodial sentences for the most severe crimes will be increasing following a bill being set before Parliament.
The Ministry of Justice has introduced the bill, ostensibly to retain prisoners of serious crime to remain in custody for a new minimum of two thirds of their sentence.
Currently the system allows offenders automatic release after half of their standard determinate sentence, as stated in the Criminal Justice Act 2003. The offender will then complete the remainder of their sentence on licence.