29/05/2015

Early Release Scheme For Low Risk Prisoners To Be Introduced

A new condition early release scheme for low risk prisoners is to be introduced next month.
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In a statement the Department of Justice said: "Prisoners released early will be subject to a licence, curfew and recall in the event they breach their licence conditions. The early release scheme will only facilitate the release of certain categories of offenders who have been convicted of lesser offences, who have been assessed as presenting a low risk of re-offending and whose early release will aid their rehabilitation and resettlement back into the community."

Life sentence prisoners and this serving extended and indeterminate sentences and other prisoners convicted of more serious offences are excluded from the scheme.

(CD/MH)

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