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Automatic early release under consideration 07/04/2014 The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has published a call for evidence on proposals to end automatic early release for some offenders.

Automatic early release under consideration

The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has published a call for evidence on Scottish Government proposals to end automatic early release for some offenders.

The move comes in response to Government amendments to the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill, which is currently working its way through Parliament. The proposals include ending automatic early release for sex offenders sentenced to four years or more and other dangerous offenders sentenced to ten years or more.

Other offenders would not be affected at this time and the new system would only apply to relevant offenders sentenced after the reforms are in force.

“While we understand the Scottish Government’s intention of minimizing the risk to public safety by ending the automatic early release of some prisoners who may only be two-thirds of the way through their sentence, we want to know why some prisoners and not others would be covered by the changes,” said Committee Convener Christine Grahame MSP.

“We want to hear from criminal justice social workers, representatives from the judiciary, penal reform and victims’ organisations, the Scottish Prison Service, the Parole Board for Scotland as well as relevant academics and members of the public about their views on this important public safety issue,” she added.

The call for evidence will be open until 6th May.

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