The Parole Board has today published its business plan for 2018/19, setting out its objectives and budget for the next 18 months and how these align with the strategic aims of its 2016-2020 Strategy.
Martin Jones, CEO of the Parole Board, said: “The Parole Board held a record number of oral hearings in 2017-18 and achieved its long-term objective to safely clear the backlog of cases. With the backlog gone, the Parole Board can focus on what affects its decision making and the information, support and training it gives its members to do this.
“Good progress was also made to reduce the number of IPP prisoners in custody and improve how determinate recall cases are processed.
“The Judicial Review and Ministry of Justice review in the case of John Worboys showed that more can be done to make sure victims are treated with the sensitivity and humanity they deserve. Therefore, improving openness and transparency about Parole Board decision making is a key strategic aim for 2018/19, to reassure victims and the public that prisoners who continue to present an unacceptable risk will remain in custody.”
The key strategic aims for the Parole Board in 2018/19 are:
- Efficient processing of parole cases leading to the timely conclusion of cases and safe release of prisoners back into the community
- Ensure the independence and quality of the Board’s decision-making
- Ensure openness and transparency of the Board’s processes and decision-making
- Ensure that staff and members of the Board work together to continuously improve the way we work, whilst treating all with respect and humanity
Notes to editors
The Parole Board is an independent body that works with other criminal justice agencies to protect the public by risk assessing prisoners to decide whether they can safely be released into the community
The Parole Board has five functions in England and Wales:
- Deciding whether to release indeterminate sentence prisoners, including life sentence prisoners and prisoners given imprisonment for public protection sentences (IPPs), after their minimum term of imprisonment has expired;
- Deciding whether to release some categories of determinate sentence prisoners;
- Deciding whether some prisoners who have been recalled to prison can be re-released;
- Advising the Secretary of State whether some indeterminate prisoners can be progressed from closed to open conditions; and
- Advising the Secretary of State on any release or recall matters referred to it.
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