Change in prison policy around confiscation orders and ROTL

As the result of a case settled by the Prisoners’ Advice Service, the Release on Temporary Licence (ROTL)

eligibility criteria for prisoners with consecutive terms of imprisonment in default of payment is now to be based on the over all term of imprisonment (i.e. the period between the date the initial criminal sentence was imposed and the release date of the default term) as opposed to purely on the default term to serve.

This means ROTL eligibility dates will be re-calculated and in practice brought forward in all cases. Further details are available in this piece written by Matthew Evans, PAS’s Managing Solicitor. The piece will appear in Inside Time.