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Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Act 2007

Section 1 - The Parole Board for Scotland

5.This section provides for the continuation of the Parole Board for Scotland. It was established by section 18 of the Prisons (Scotland) Act 1989 and continued by section 20 of the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993. Subsection (2) sets out its key function as being to direct the Scottish Ministers in relation to the confinement and release of prisoners under Part 2 of the Act. Provision is also made at subsection (3) for the Board to carry out other functions given to it in other provisions of the Act or in any other legislation.

6.Subsection (4) requires the Board to have regard to the risk management plan when considering the case of a person for whom one has been prepared under section 6(1) of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003. Section 6(1) of the 2003 Act requires that a Risk Management Plan be prepared for an offender who is made subject of an Order for Lifelong Restriction (OLR). OLRs became available to the courts on 19 June 2006. The OLR is a sentence for serious sexual and violent offenders and is broadly equivalent to a life sentence insofar as the offender remains on licence for the remainder of his or her life.

7.Subsection (5) provides that further provisions concerning the Parole Board (constitutional issues, membership, etc) are set out at Schedule 1.

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