Scotland is set to end the early release of prisoners when the Edinburgh executive's sentencing commission reports before the end of this year.

The Scotland on Sunday newspaper reported that Holyrood justice minister Cathy Jamieson will back the report's widely expected recommendation that the automatic halving of offenders' jail terms should end.
First minister Jack McConnell has already signalled his support for the move and commission sources confirmed over the weekend that policy will be adopted.

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