Parole reform in Scotland: consultation

Consultation seeking views on proposed amendments to the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993.


1. Sentence imposed on persons under s.210A of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 who have been convicted on indictment of sexual offences to a period of imprisonment, or violent offences to a period of imprisonment of four years or more. It is the aggregate of the term in custody which the courts would have otherwise passed on the person plus a further period for which the person is subject to a licence in the community. This type of sentence allows the courts to impose additional post-release supervision where they consider this necessary.

2. This is a sentence of imprisonment or detention for an indeterminate period that can be issued by the High Court under section 210F of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995.This provides for the lifelong supervision of certain high risk offenders, when released from custody.

3. This is a prisoner release scheme that enables Scottish Ministers under section 3AA(1) of the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993 to consider releasing certain categories of prisoners on licence before the date they would be eligible for release under that Act. The primary aim is to ease reintegration of persons back into the community whilst restricting their movements in particular by virtue of a curfew condition which is monitored electronically by means of a tag.


Email: Avril Coats,

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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