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Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008

Section 255B Automatic release

260.Subsection (1) requires the Secretary of State to inform a prisoner entitled to automatic re-release that he will be released after 28 days. It also requires him to release the prisoner automatically at the end of the 28 days unless he has already been released under the provisions of subsection (2).

261.Subsections (2) and (3) give the Secretary of State the discretionary power to release any recalled prisoner subject to automatic release at any time prior to the expiry of the 28 day recall period if the Secretary of State is satisfied that it is not necessary for the protection of the public for that prisoner to remain in prison.

262.Subsection (4) requires the Secretary of State to refer to the Parole Board the case of any prisoner subject to automatic release who exercises the right under section 254(2) to make representations against the decision of the Secretary of State to recall him. Subsection (5) provides that if the Parole Board then recommends immediate re-release, the Secretary of State must give effect to that recommendation.

263.Subsection (6) applies to prisoners serving a sentence of intermittent custody. Should such a prisoner be recalled from licence before the expiry of the custodial element of the sentence and subsequently be re-released they will be on licence until the end of one of the licence periods specified in the intermittent custody order.

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