In cases of release on licence under the Prison Rules or Young Offender Rules, the Governor or the Home Office Controller in a privately run prison will make the decision to grant release on temporary licence (ROTL).
ROTL helps prepare prisoners for eventual release – and also enables them to undertake community placements or even paid jobs.
Often ROTL is seen as a test to see whether an offender can return to live in the community without re-offending or putting themselves at risk of re-offending, or at risk of alcohol or drugs misuse.
Applying for ROTL is often very important for offenders and their rehabilitation, as it can help them adjust to life beyond jail.
Prisons all have varying policies on ROTL – and usually information on ROTL policy at a specific prison is made available to offenders.
There are four types of temporary licence:
Some prisoners are also excluded from ROTL:
Prisoners may also apply for special purpose licences for temporary release, which may involve compassionate leave, a police interview or for personal reasons, such as marriage or the birth of a child
Prisons will carry out a risk assessment once an application for ROTL has been received – and it is important for offenders to take expert legal advice to ensure the best chance of being granted ROTL.
ROTL applications can be complex and it is important to be considered for the right type of temporary leave – and to make sure an application is viewed fairly by the prison authorities.
Duncan Lewis prison law solicitors have extensive experience in helping clients apply for ROTL – as well as advising on appeals against failed applications for ROTL.
Duncan Lewis can also advise on Child Resettlement Leave when a parent has parental responsibility for a child below the age of 16.
Call Duncan Lewis as soon as possible for legal advice on ROTL applications and appeals, or any other prison law matter.
There are Duncan Lewis offices nationwide – and our prison law solicitors regularly visit police stations, prisons and courts to advise on criminal law and prison law.
For expert legal advice on applications for ROTL and appeals, call Duncan Lewis prison law solicitors on 020 7923 4020.
For urgent prison law advice or 24/7 help at a police station, call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 020 7275 2036.
Under reforms to Legal Aid, Duncan Lewis is no longer able to offer public funding for legal advice on ROTL applications and appeals.
However, Duncan Lewis prison law solicitors are usually able to offer competitively priced fixed fees to our clients, with notice of legal costs in advance whenever possible.
To speak to one of our prison law experts about ROTL applications and appeals, call Duncan Lewis prison law solicitors now on 020 7923 4020.