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Prisoners serving a sentence of indeterminate duration (until further order) cannot be released on parole but can be released on licence ordered by the Supreme Court, on application of either the Crown or the prisoner [Criminal Law (Sentencing) Act 1988 s 24].

Every release on licence is subject to the condition that the person be prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition or any part of the same and a condition requiring them to submit to gunshot residue testing as reasonably required [s 24(2a)]. Release is further subject to other conditions as the Parole Board, or in the case of youth, the Training Centre Review Board, thinks fit and so specifies [s 24(3)], including that the person surrender any firearm, ammunition or part of the same [s 24A].

If a person breaches the conditions of a licence the Crown may apply to the Supreme Court that the person be returned to custody but may be re-released if the breach is not serious and the Court thinks it appropriate. A person who is not re-released must apply for a fresh licence but can only apply once every six months [Criminal Law (Sentencing) Act 1988 s 24(4)].

For more information about sentences of indeterminate duration, see Sexual Offences, Legal Procedures, Indeterminate detention.

Licence  :  Last Revised: Tue Mar 12th 2013
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