Leaving Prison

When someone can leave prison

When a prisoner is released depends on:
  • the length of their sentence
  • their behaviour in prison
  • any time spent on remand (waiting for their trial)
 

If the prisoner has a fixed term (determinate) sentence

A prisoner serving a determinate sentence is normally released automatically halfway through their sentence.
 
If their sentence is 12 months or more, they will be released on probation.
 
A Parole Board is not involved.
 

When a Parole Board reviews a case

Prisoners can apply for parole if they have an extended sentence, or a fixed-term sentence for:
  • 4 years or more
  • a serious violent or sexual crime committed before 4 April 2005
 
If the prisoner has a non fixed term (indeterminate) or life sentence
 
The government will apply for parole on the prisoner’s behalf.
 
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