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Offender Management Act 2007

Section 33: Detention and training orders: early release

140.This section introduces an element of flexibility into the arrangements for early release from the custodial part of the Detention and Training Order. Young offenders serving Detention and Training Orders of 8 months or longer may be released one month before the mid-point of their sentence. Those serving orders of 18 months or longer may be released either one or two months before the mid-point. At present, early release, where authorised, must take place exactly one or, where appropriate, two months before the mid-point. If anything happens to prevent this, the young person must remain in custody for a further month (i.e. until the halfway point of a sentence or the second early release point in the case of sentences of 18 months or longer).

141.The amendments made by subsection (1) enable the trainee to be released at any point during the last month before the mid-point of the order (or two months, in the case of orders of 18 months or longer).

142.Subsection (2) specifies that this new flexibility will apply to orders made before the section comes into force as well as those made subsequently.

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