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Shorter rehabilitation proposed for Manx offenders

Public asked for feedback ahead of Tynwald consideration

Manx offenders could face a shorter rehabilitation period if new proposals are given the go-ahead.

The Isle of Man Government is seeking feedback from the public on plans to reduce the amount of time before a conviction is considered spent.

Currently, Manx offenders face a longer wait than UK convicts before their crime can effectively be ignored.

A person given a custodial sentence of up to six months on the Isle of Man faces a seven-year rehabilitation period under current laws, compared to just two years in the UK.

The Department of Home Affairs wants to change this, bringing it in line with British legislation.

A public consultation on the proposals opened this week, with responses being accepted until 12 September.

Full details can be found online at the Government's consultation hub.

It's expected the proposals will go before Tynwald in October.

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