11.02.2020

Longer custodial sentences amongst UK’s overhaul of terrorism response

Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Bill 2020 was introduced in Parliament today. The impact of this legislation is that any prisoner serving a determinate sentence for a terrorism offence (listed in Part 1 or Part 2 of Schedule 19ZA to the Criminal Justice Act 2003) must serve at least two-thirds of their custodial term in addition to receiving approval from the Parole Board for release. The Government has estimated that around 50 offenders who would have been released automatically will be affected by this legislation; their release will be retroactively delayed.

[Full GOV.UK press release here]