[255B Automatic release]
[255B Automatic release]

[(1)     A prisoner who is suitable for automatic release (“P”) must—

(a)     on return to prison, be informed that he or she will be released under this section (subject to subsections (8) and (9)), and

(b)     at the end of [the automatic release period (as defined in section 255A(9) and (10))], be released by the Secretary of State on licence under this Chapter (unless P is released before that date under subsection (2) or (5)).

(2)     The Secretary of State may, at any time after P is returned to prison, release P again on licence under this Chapter [(but see subsections (3) and (3A))].

(3)     The Secretary of State must not release P under subsection (2) unless the Secretary of State is satisfied that it is not necessary for the protection of the public that P should remain in prison until the end of the period mentioned in subsection (1)(b).

[(3A)     The Secretary of State must not release P under subsection (2) if—

(a)     it appears to the Secretary of State that, if released, P is highly likely to breach a condition included in P's licence, and