What we do
The Parole Board is an independent body that carries out risk assessments on prisoners to determine whether they can be safely released into the community.
Who we are
We have 204 Parole Board members who make the assessments and decisions. We employ 105 members of staff to support them, based in 102 Petty France, London.
We were established in 1968 under the Criminal Justice Act 1967 and became an independent executive non-departmental public body on 1 July 1996 under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.
We carry out risk assessments on prisoners in England and Wales according to provisions in the Criminal Justice Act 1991 and the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997. Our main responsibility is to protect the public, and we manage:
- the early release of prisoners serving fixed-length sentences of 4 years or more
- the release of prisoners who are serving life sentences or indeterminate sentences for public protection
- the re-release of prisoners who had been given life or indeterminate sentences and were then re-imprisoned
From 2014 to 2015, our priorities will be to:
- increase public confidence in our work as an independent public body
- set clear objectives that manage risk and provide a valuable service to the public
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