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    V1297 - Prison Reform Bill 2017, TSR Government



    Prison Reform Bill 2017



    An Act to increase rehabilitation by removing obstacles to released prisoners and restricting custodial sentences to those deemed a risk to the public.

    BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the consent of the Commons in this present parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-


    PART I.
    REHABILITATION OF OFFENDERS


    1 Amends The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, sec. (5) Table A-

    (a) A custodial sentence of more than 30 months and up to, or consisting of, 48 months

    (i) The end of the period of 7 years beginning with the day on which the sentence (including any licence period) is completed

    (ii) The end of the period of 42 months beginning with the day on which the sentence (including any licence period) is completed

    to;

    (a) A custodial sentence of more than 30 months and up to, or consisting of, 48 months

    (i) The end of the period of 3years beginning with the day on which the sentence (including any licence period) is completed

    (ii) The end of the period of 24 months beginning with the day on which the sentence (including any licence period) is completed

    2 Amends The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, sec. (5) Table A-

    (a) A custodial sentence of more than 6 months and up to, or consisting of, 30 months

    (i) The end of the period of 48 months beginning with the day on which the sentence (including any licence period) is completed

    (ii) The end of the period of 24 months beginning with the day on which the sentence (including any licence period) is completed

    to;

    (a) A custodial sentence of more than 6 months and up to, or consisting of, 30 months

    (i) The end of the period of 24 months beginning with the day on which the sentence (including any licence period) is completed

    (ii) The end of the period of 18 months beginning with the day on which the sentence (including any licence period) is completed

    3 Amends The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, sec. (5) Table A-

    (a) A custodial sentence of 6 months or less

    (i) The end of the period of 24 months beginning with the day on which the sentence (including any licence period) is completed

    (ii) The end of the period of 18 months beginning with the day on which the sentence (including any licence period) is completed

    to;

    (a) A custodial sentence of 6 months or less

    (i) The end of the period of 12 months beginning with the date of the conviction in respect of which the sentence is imposed

    (ii) The end of the period of 9 months beginning with the day on which the sentence (including any licence period) is completed

    4 Amends The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, sec. (5) Table A-

    (a) A fine

    (i) The end of the period of 12 months beginning with the date of the conviction in respect of which the sentence is imposed

    (ii) The end of the period of 6 months beginning with the date of the conviction in respect of which the sentence is imposed

    to;

    (a) A fine

    (i) The end of the period of 6 months beginning with the date of the conviction in respect of which the sentence is imposed

    (ii) The end of the period of 3 months beginning with the date of the conviction in respect of which the sentence is imposed

    5 Amends The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, sec. (5) Table A-

    (a) A community or youth rehabilitation order

    (i) The end of the period of 12 months beginning with the date of the conviction in respect of which the sentence is imposed

    (ii) The end of the period of 6 months beginning with the day provided for by or under the order as the last day on which the order is to have effect

    to;

    (a) A community or youth rehabilitation order

    (i) The end of the period of 6 months beginning with the date of the conviction in respect of which the sentence is imposed

    (ii) The end of the period of 3 months beginning with the day provided for by or under the order as the last day on which the order is to have effect

    6 Inserts into The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, sec. (4)

    (5) Subject to 6.(4)(a) The judge may choose to restart the original time of rehabilitation where,

    (a) the extension on rehabilitation does not surpass the rehabilitation period for the maximum sentence for the crime in question.





    PART II.
    REFORM OF PRISONS



    7 Appends The Criminal Juctice Act 2003 sec 142(1)(a)-

    where,

    (i) this is not the sole reason as given by sec.142(1) when sentencing.

    8 Prisons will provide literacy and numeracy programs up to at leave level 2 and must also provide at least one vocational training route where,

    (a) the prison does not hold only prisoners who will stay on a short term basis where,

    (i) ‘short term’ here applied to under 6 months

    (b) the vocational trade route should be based on trades in demand in the area where the prison is located.





    PART III.
    COMMENCEMENT, SHORT TITLE AND EXTENT



    9 This Act shall come into force 1st April 2019

    10 This Act may be cited as the Prison Reform Act 2017

    11 This Act extends to the whole of the United Kingdom


    Notes1-5: Reduces time for a conviction to become spent.

    6: Allows for this time to be extended as part of a punishment for further offences.

    7: Removes punishment from being a sole reason for a custodial sentence. Note that it can still form part of a punishment. Where there is no threat to the public and no need for prison as a means to enforce rehabilitation other forms of punishment should be used.

    8: Provides all prisoners with sentences lasting more than 6 months with access to literacy, numeracy and a trade. This helps create opportunities for rehabilitation.
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