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What are the different types of Temporary Licence that prisoners can be released under? Task

NB Coronavirus (COVID-19) may change some of the ways Temporary Licences are handled.

Release on Temporary Licence (ROTL) means being able to leave prison for a short period of time.

The Temporary Licence is the permission that allows you to leave, and the type of Licence indicates the reason the permission was granted.

There are four types of ROTL:

  • Resettlement day release
  • Resettlement overnight release
  • Childcare resettlement leave
  • Special purpose licence

Resettlement day release (RDR) means leaving prison during the day. This is given so that you can:

  • Do community or volunteer work
  • Learn life and work skills, or participate in training or education
  • Maintain family ties
  • Arrange accommodation
  • Go to probation interviews
  • Search for jobs or go to job interviews
  • Do paid work (if you are in a resettlement prison)
  • Have driving lessons (if you are in a resettlement prison)
  • Do car maintenance (if you are in a resettlement prison)
  • Open a bank account
  • Do other planning ahead of your release

You can apply for RDR if:

  • you have 24 months left until you are eligible for parole or conditional release, or
  • you have served half your sentence (minus half the remand time)

whichever gives the later date. Note that if your sentence is less than four years, you will be allowed to apply halfway through your time in custody.

You cannot apply for RDR if you are considered to be in Category B.

Resettlement Overnight Release (ROR) is spending the night out of prison.

You are allowed to apply for ROR if you: 

  • you have 24 months left before you are eligible for parole or conditional release, or
  • you have served half your sentence (minus half the remand time)

whichever gives the later date. If your sentence is less than four years, you will be allowed to apply halfway through your time in custody.

You cannot apply for ROR if you are considered to be in Category B.

Depending on your sentence and how much you have served, ROR may be granted up to ten times a year, no more frequently than every four weeks.

Childcare Resettlement Leave (CRL) is permission to visit your child. 

Eligibility for CRL requires a prisoner to show by Social Security documents or potentially through court documents that he or she has sole caring responsibility for a child under 16 and is:

  • resident in open conditions, or
  • categorised as suitable for such conditions, or
  • resident in a mother and baby unit and has other children being cared for outside the prison

Childcare Resettlement Leave (CRL) is a maximum of three nights every two months.

Special Purpose Licence (SPL) is permission to leave prison for several hours under special circumstances. These include:

  • Visits to dying relatives or going to a funeral
  • Emergencies involving your children or a vulnerable person for whom you are the sole carer
  • Getting medical treatment
  • Getting married
  • Being interviewed by the police or for court, tribunal or inquiry proceedings

The maximum period of release under an SPL is four nights.

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