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March 1, 2019

Let’s say you are a prisoner who has been convicted of sexual offences. You have done all that you can to change your behaviour. You are waiting for a Parole Board Review.

You find out that there is a 33% chance that your risk assessment was wrong or incomplete; that in...

March 1, 2019

The Ministry of Justice has announced that there will be a new review process to challenge Parole Board decisions termed the Reconsideration Mechanism. This is a worrying development for prisoners serving indeterminate and extended sentences. When it comes into effect...

February 2, 2018

Every month hundreds of parole hearings take place up and down the country. Almost all of them take place out of the glare of the public eye. Parole hearings have been held in private in England and Wales ever since the Parole Board was established fifty years ago. Tha...

November 29, 2017

Still waiting for guidance from MoJ and Parole Board

The fourth Lord Chancellor in four years, David Lidington, has withdrawn an appeal to the Supreme Court against the Court of Appeal’s ruling that several cuts to legal aid for prisoners were unlawful.  It has taken ov...

July 27, 2017

Large numbers of prisoners in limbo waiting for ‘SOTP mess’ to be cleared up

Anyone who has served a prison sentence for a sexual offence over the last 25 years will have heard of the SOTP. Thousands of prisoners have completed at least one version of the programme. Man...

September 1, 2014

In June, Inside Time featured a letter from the Parole Board Chairman seeking views from prisoners on the Parole Board’s plans for change. The Parole Board has been consulting very widely on these plans, including speaking to legal representatives for prisoners.

The ide...

May 1, 2014

Government cuts bring the Parole Board ‘close to crisis’ was the headline article of last month’s Inside Time. It was entirely accurate, as many prisoners awaiting long overdue Parole Hearings will confirm.

Within the last couple of weeks, the Parole Board have issued l...

January 1, 2014

As mentioned in the December edition of Inside Time, recent government changes to the legal aid system mean that some prisoners are no longer entitled to legal aid for their parole review.

This will mainly affect those prisoners who are being considered only for a trans...

October 1, 2013

Earlier this month, the Ministry of Justice made great play of the ‘compromise deal’ it had thrashed out with the Law Society on criminal legal aid.

The ‘lowest bidder’ tendering model for criminal law services has been abandoned.

This is, of course, welcome news but hid...

October 1, 2013

The Parole Board welcomes the publication of the Joint Inspectorate Report on Life Sentence Prisoners as it sheds light on the challenging work undertaken with some of the most serious offenders.

The Parole Board will only direct that a Life Sentence Prisoner should be...

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