688. General overview of early release and recall arrangements.

The current regimes that govern the release of prisoners on licence, and the supervision of prisoners after release, derive from the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997 (if the prisoner is serving an indeterminate sentence)1 or the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (if the prisoner is serving a determinate sentence)2. Transitional provisions govern the release and supervision of prisoners serving determinate sentences for offences committed before 4 April 2005 (that is, before the main provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 were commenced)3.

Accordingly, subject to any relevant statutory guidance:


    (1)     a prisoner serving a determinate sentence has his or her release on