Prisoners (Control of Release) (Scotland) Bill


Outcome: E

A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to end the right of certain long-term prisoners to automatic early release from prison at the two-thirds point of their sentences and to allow prisoners serving all but very short sentences to be released from prison on a particular day suitable for their re-integration into the community.

Current Status of the Bill

Scottish Government Bill

This Bill was passed on 23 June 2015.

Stage 1

Lead Committee: Justice Committee

Dates considered by Committee:

13 January 2015 (evidence)

20 January 2015 (evidence)

27 January 2015 (evidence)

3 February 2015

24 February 2015 (evidence)

3 March (evidence)

17 March 2015

The Justice Committee published it Stage 1 Report on the Bill on 19 March 2015


Consideration by other committees:

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee (4 November 2014)

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee (24 February 2015)

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee (26 May 2015)

The Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee published its report on the delegated powers provisions in the Bill on 2 December 2014:

Minute of Stage 1 proceedings

Official Report of Stage 1 proceedings



After Passing

Received Royal Assent on 4 August 2015.

Prisoners (Control of Release) (Scotland) Act 2015 asp 8

The following volume, published on 16 June 2016, contains all the material relevant to the passage of the Bill.