Parole Board and the test for release
Produced in partnership with Simon Creighton of Bhatt Murphy Solicitors
Parole Board and the test for release

The following Corporate Crime practice note Produced in partnership with Simon Creighton of Bhatt Murphy Solicitors provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Parole Board and the test for release
  • Test for release: determinate sentences
  • Test for release: extended determinate sentences
  • Test for release: lifers and imprisonment for public protections (IPPs)
  • Test for open conditions: lifers and IPPs
  • Parole Board’s approach to allegations

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects potentially impacted by the response to the COVID-19 outbreak. In particular, the majority of Parole Board hearings are taking place remotely. For the small number of cases that are so sensitive and complex that they require a face-to-face hearing, the Parole Board is working with prisons to establish arrangements for safe hearings to take place. For updates on key developments and related practical guidance on the implications for lawyers, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the criminal justice system—overview and Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit.

Test for release: determinate sentences

The majority of prisoners serving determinate sentences will be released automatically once they have reached the half way point of their sentence. One key exception to this is terrorist prisoners, another is certain violent or sexual offenders (see further below). All determinate prisoners are subject to recall during their licence period and may be re-released at the direction of the parole board, see Practice Note: Functions of the Parole Board.

From February 2020, prisoners serving a determinate sentence for specified terrorist offences are subject to restricted eligibility for release on licence. The first eligible release point for such offenders will be the two-thirds point of their sentence (rather than one-half) and it is a matter for the Parole Board to decide whether to release them at this point.

From 1 April 2020,

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