Review for long jail terms

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 December, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 December, 1997, 12:00am

Guidelines on when to release long-term prisoners are to become law.

The Executive Council has endorsed rules setting up a board to regularly review long prison sentences.

The regulations, to be tabled in the provisional legislature next Wednesday, spell out the procedural details. They also include a list of about 20 factors to be taken into account when considering releasing prisoners serving long sentences.

Eleven members have been appointed to the statutory review board.

Every six months, the board will also review the sentences of 14 prisoners held since their teens at Her Majesty's pleasure.