(1) This section applies in relation to a person committed to prison—
(a) in default of payment of a sum adjudged to be paid by a conviction, or
(b) for contempt of court or any kindred offence.
(2) As soon as a person to whom this section applies has served one-half of the term for which he was committed, it is the duty of the Secretary of State to release him unconditionally.
[(2A) Subsection (2) is subject to paragraph 35 of Schedule 20B (transitional cases).]
[(2B) Subsection (2) does not apply to a person within subsection (1)(a) if the sum in question
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