Leaving Prison

When someone can leave prison 

When a prisoner is released depends on: 

  • the length of their sentence 

  • their behaviour in prison 

  • any time spent on remand (waiting for their trial) 

If the prisoner has a fixed term (determinate) sentence   

A prisoner serving a determinate sentence is normally released automatically halfway through their sentence. 

If their sentence is 12 months or more, they will be released on probation

A Parole Board is not involved. 

When a Parole Board reviews a case   

Prisoners can apply for parole if they have an extended sentence, or a fixed-term sentence for: 

  • 4 years or more 

  • a serious violent or sexual crime committed before 4 April 2005 

If the prisoner has a non fixed term (indeterminate) or life sentence 

The government will apply for parole on the prisoner’s behalf. 

See also:  

For further guidance on Leaving Prison, see GOV.UK's website.