Prison emergency early release: veto guidance for governors

Guidance for prison governors on applying the governor’s veto, during emergency early release, to prevent the early release of any eligible individuals they consider an 'immediate risk' to an individual or a group, if released.

Definition of harm

For this purpose, 'harm' is to be understood as physical or psychological harm, and 'psychological harm' will include fear, alarm and distress.

As such, the potential 'harm' does not necessarily have to be physically violent in order to justify the use of veto, but could be interpreted more broadly depending on the nature of the potential action which the GIC is aware the individual eligible for release may take upon release. 

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