‘An Exceptional Sentence’: Exploring the Implementation of the Order for Lifelong Restriction

  • Yvonne Gailey
  • Lesley Martin
  • Rachel Webb
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Risk, Crime and Society book series (PSRCS)


In Scotland in 2000, an expert committee made recommendations for the introduction of a new sentence—the Order for Lifelong Restriction (OLR)—intended to provide exceptional measures to manage the risk posed by those who present an enduring, life-endangering risk to others. Around that time, many other jurisdictions were similarly focused; however, the policy and sentence that emerged in Scotland have particular features that make the Scottish approach distinctive. Despite this, little has been written about the OLR. This chapter will draw on a range of data collected by the Risk Management Authority (RMA) to examine the application and implementation of the OLR since 2006.


Order for Lifelong Restriction Preventive sentencing Human rights 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yvonne Gailey
    • 1
  • Lesley Martin
    • 1
  • Rachel Webb
    • 1
  1. 1.Risk Management AuthorityPaisleyUK

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