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Prisoners (Return to Custody) Act 1995 (c. 16)

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(The document as of February, 2008. Arhiv.Online Library)

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Prisoners (Return to Custody) Act 1995 (c. 16)

1995 CHAPTER 16

An Act to make provision, by the creation of an offence and the conferring of powers of entry, for the punishment and return to lawful custody of persons unlawfully at large.

[28th June 1995]

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:--

1 Remaining at large after temporary release

(1) Subject to subsection (2) below, a person who has been temporarily released in pursuance of rules made under section 47(5) of the [1952 c. 52.] Prison Act 1952 (rules for temporary release) is guilty of an offence if--

(a) without reasonable excuse, he remains unlawfully at large at any time after becoming so at large by virtue of the expiry of the period for which he was temporarily released; or

(b) knowing or believing an order recalling him to have been made and while unlawfully at large by virtue of such an order, he fails, without reasonable excuse, to take all necessary steps for complying as soon as reasonably practicable with that order.

(2) Subsection (1) above shall not apply in the case of a person temporarily released from a secure training centre.

(3) A person guilty of any offence under this section shall be liable, on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or to both.

(4) An offence under this section shall be taken to be committed at the place where the offender was required to be detained immediately before being temporarily released.

(5) A person shall be deemed for the purposes of this section to be unlawfully at large whenever he is deemed to be so at large for the purposes of section 49 of the [1952 c. 52.] Prison Act 1952 (which confers powers of arrest).

(6) This section shall not apply where the period of temporary release expired, or the order of recall was made, before the commencement of this section.

2 Entry to arrest a person unlawfully at large

(1) In subsection (1) of section 17 of the [1984 c. 60.] Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (entry for the purpose of arrest), after paragraph (c) there shall be inserted the following paragraphs--

" (ca) of arresting, in pursuance of section 32(1A) of the [1969 c. 54.] Children and Young Persons Act 1969, any child or young person who has been remanded or committed to local authority accommodation under section 23(1) of that Act;

(cb) of recapturing any person who is, or is deemed for any purpose to be, unlawfully at large while liable to be detained--

(i) in a prison, remand centre, young offender institution or secure training centre, or

(ii) in pursuance of section 53 of the [1933 c. 12.] Children and Young Persons Act 1933 (dealing with children and young persons guilty of grave crimes), in any other place; "

and in paragraph (d) of that subsection, for "a person" there shall be substituted "any person whatever".

(2) In section 32 of the [1969 c. 54.] Children and Young Persons Act 1969 (detention of absentees)--

(a) in paragraph (b) of subsection (1A), for the words from "or 23(1)" to the end of the paragraph there shall be substituted " of this Act; or

(iii) to which he has been remanded or committed under section 23(1) of this Act " ; and

(b) in subsection (2A), for "(1A)" there shall be substituted "(1A)(a) or (b)(i) or (ii)".

3 Short title, commencement and extent

(1) This Act may be cited as the Prisoners (Return to Custody) Act 1995.

(2) This Act shall come into force on such day as the Secretary of State may by order made by statutory instrument appoint, and different days may be appointed under this subsection for different purposes.

(3) This Act extends to England and Wales only.

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