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Essex Probation

Your Prison Licence

What is a Prison Licence?

This means that a decision has been taken to allow you to serve the rest of your prison sentence in the community instead of being in prison. While you are ‘On Licence’, you can start to rebuild your life and settle back into the community. The officer responsible for managing your licence will help you do this.

The rules that you must follow while on licence are called conditions. Your officer will talk to you about the conditions of your licence and make sure you understand them.

 These are the six standard conditions in a prison licence:

1. Good behaviour and not committing further offences
2. Keeping in touch with the officer responsible for managing the licence and doing what they say
3. Allowing visits to the home when required
4. Living at an acceptable address, and discussing any change of address with the officer
5. Only doing work agreed by the officer
6. Not travelling outside the UK without permission (which is not usually given)

 Additional conditions

Further conditions are often added tailored to your circumstances and offending pattern. They tend to appear under the following headings:

• Contact requirement
• Prohibited contact requirement
• Prohibited activity requirement
• Residency requirement
• Prohibited residency requirement
• Curfew requirement
• Exclusion requirement
• Supervision requirement
• Programme requirement
• Non-association requirement
• Drug testing requirement.

The officer responsible for managing your licence will explain which conditions you have to meet. They will tell you about the support you will get from the Probation Service to help you resettle in the community and avoid re-offending.