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Prisoners (Control of Release) (Scotland) Bill 24/06/2015 A Bill to end automatic early release from prison for the most serious offenders has been passed by the Scottish Parliament.

Prisoners (Control of Release) (Scotland) Bill 

A Bill to end automatic early release from prison for the most serious offenders has been passed by the Scottish Parliament.

Under the new laws, no long-term prisoner in Scotland will be eligible for automatic release after two thirds of their sentence and there will now be a mandatory period of supervision for the most serious of offenders.

The measures are designed to maintain public safety by ensuring long-term prisoners serve more of their sentences in custody while also allowing for the effective rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders coming out of custody into the community.

Alongside this, the Act will reduce reoffending by improving prisoner release arrangements by allowing release dates to be brought forward by one or two days if there is a need to ensure immediate access to support services in communities to help break the cycle of offending behaviour.

 

 

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