1. 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’ll 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.