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Compassionate release

Parole Act 2002, s 41; Prison Operations Manual, R.02

What is compassionate release?

Compassionate release is when you’re released early because:

  • you’ve given birth to a child, or
  • you’re seriously ill and unlikely to get better.

How do I get compassionate release?

You have to apply to the Parole Board. They might hold a hearing, or they might order a compassionate release without holding a hearing.

Are there any conditions on the release?

There may be. Standard and special release conditions can still be imposed by the Parole Board if they think they’re necessary.

Can I be recalled to prison from compassionate release?

Yes, you can be recalled if you break your release conditions.

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