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Vanessa Reid ITV

Vanessa Reid appeared on ITV News Central on October 12th 2023 to discuss the blocked release of Robert Brown.


Robert Brown beat his estranged wife, Jo Simpson to death with a hammer in her home in October 2010. He was given a 26-year sentence in 2011 and was due for automatic release next month, but new powers mean he is the first prisoner to have that blocked by the government.

New laws have enabled the justice secretary and lord chancellor, Alex Chalk MP, to exercise his power to prevent Brown’s automatic release and refer it to the Parole Board.

The referral by Alex Chalk MP was made under power to detain provisions, introduced in April 2022 under the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act. They are designed to protect the public from dangerous offenders if they present a significant risk of causing serious harm and that risk cannot be safely managed through usual licence conditions.

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