[(1) This section applies to a prisoner (“P”) who is serving a sentence imposed under section 236A [or under section 265 or 278 of the Sentencing Code][, other than a prisoner to whom section 247A applies].
(2) The Secretary of State must refer P's case to the Board—
(a) as soon as P has served the requisite custodial period, and
(b) where there has been a previous reference of P's case to the Board under this subsection and the Board did not direct P's release,
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