We have recently advised on the issue Post Sentence Supervision (PSS) and whether a client should be subject to these provisions. I am pleased to report a favourable outcome following our intervention with probation revoking PSS.
Post Sentence Supervision provisions were introduced by the Offender Rehabilitation Act (ORA) 2014. This added a new section 256AA to the Criminal Justice Act 2003, which provides that offenders receiving a custodial sentence of more than one day but less than two years (for offences committed on or after 1 February 2015) will be subject to compulsory PSS after release and will be subject to supervision requirements aimed at their rehabilitation.
Our client was sentenced to 14 months custody in December 2016 but was made subject to PSS until July 2018. This was patently wrong and the legislation being misinterpreted.
S.256AA(1)(c) states that this section doesn’t apply if “the sentence was imposed in respect of an offence committed before the day on which s.2(2) of the Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014 came in to force (1st February 2015).
A word from our client:
“Chiltern Law provided me with a fast and professional service when I discovered that my post-sentence supervision period was not legal. They provided me with legal confirmation and the legal arguments required to get my post-sentence supervision period overturned. This has saved me 6 months that I would have been serving under probation and given me my liberty back. This injustice may be happening to many more ex-offenders because of errors in issuing licence paperwork, and I would fully recommend Chiltern Law are used to investigate.”