Parole Board Decision-Making Framework

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Parole Board Decision-Making Framework

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Parole Board Decision-Making Framework


The Decision-Making Framework is a structured approach used by Parole Board members in making parole decisions. It was introduced in April 2019.

The Framework is a consistent, shared expression of the decision-making process used by members. In using the Framework, members exercise independent professional judgement.

The Framework does not restrict the evidence or issues considered by members, or prevent them in any way from exercising their discretion in making a decision. The themes set out in the Framework are not exhaustive and members can take account of any other relevant element. The Framework applies to the process rather than the substance of the decision.

The Decision-Making Framework applies at both Member Case Assessment (MCA) and Oral Hearing stages, as well as any other stage where decisions on release and/or progression to open conditions are made. The Decision-Making Framework is a sequential process, which members work through individually or as a panel.

How it was made

This framework has been developed by RADAR, a member-led strategic group responsible for reviewing the Board’s approach to decision-making about risk.

RADAR would like to thank all those who have been involved in the development of the Decision-Making Framework and this guidance.

Feedback on the framework should be sent to:

Published 31 October 2019