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The Offender Rehabilitation Act (ORA) is the Act of Parliament which accompanies the Transforming Rehabilitation programme. The ORA came into full force on 1st February 2015 and at the heart of the reforms was the extension of supervision to offenders who are released from short prison sentences of less than 12 months. 

This means that any person whose offence was committed on or after 1st February 2015, who is sentenced to a custodial term of more than 1 day, and is 18 years old or over when released, will receive  supervision in the community from appropriate agencies who will work to rehabilitate offenders and help them turn their lives around. 

Page last reviewed: 19 August 2022

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