In the Media

Serious offenders to get early release

PUBLISHED May 25, 2004

Thousands of long-term prisoners could be freed on electronic tags under government plans to relax the rules of its early-release scheme.

Extending the home detention curfew to offenders serving sentences of four years or more will help to ease overcrowding in the 138 jails in England and Wales and would bring British prisoners into line with arrangements for foreigners.