258 Early release of fine defaulters and contemnors
258 Early release of fine defaulters and contemnors

(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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