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Judicial Review decision in Worboys Case

Andrew Sperling was invited along with Zac Goldsmith to talk on LBC radio on 20 January 2018 to discuss the decision made by the Secretary of State for Justice not to pursue a judicial review of the decision made by the Parole Board in the Worboys case. You can listen to the whole segment here or scroll to 07:20 to hear Andrew.

How does parole work?

John Worboys’ release has led to some immediate and eminently understandable anger from commentators across the media spectrum. The release of prisoners serving sentences for sexual offences is a very sensitive subject. Knee-jerk commentaries are best avoided. It’s not often that parole is in the news, so we thought we would contribute with some expertise on how parole actually works. Here are our ten facts: The Parole Board is entrusted by Parliament to make binding decisions about which prisoners are safe to be released. In this respect they act as a court. Politicians cannot interfere with this decision. Prisoners who are given indeterminate sentences must serve a ‘tariff’ or ‘minimum ter


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