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June 2001, the parole board ruled the boys were no longer a threat to public safety and could now be released as their minimum tariff had expired. The Home Secretary, David Blunkett, approved the decision, and they were released within weeks.
They were given new identities and moved to secret residence locations under a "witness protection" action. They will live out their lives on a 'life licence', which allows for their immediate re-incarceration if they break the terms of their release.
CRIME LIBRARY - James Bulger murder.