The Welsh Language Act 1993 gives the Welsh and English language equal status in public life in Wales. It places a duty on the public sector to treat both languages equally when providing services to the public.
The act requires public bodies to produce a Language Scheme to explain which services they will provide in Welsh, how they will do so and when.
The Parole Board has adopted the principle that in the conduct of public business and the administration of justice in Wales, it will treat the English and Welsh languages on a basis of equality, so far as is both appropriate in the circumstances and reasonably practicable.
The Parole Board’s Welsh Language Scheme sets out how the Board will give effect to that principle in the services to the public in Wales for which it is responsible. The Scheme has been adopted by the Parole Board Management Committee and was approved by the Welsh Language Commissioner on 10 August 2018. The Scheme has been extended for a further two years until the end of 2023.
The Parole Board Equality and Diversity Advisory Group (EDAG) is developing a new Action Plan for 2021-2023, which will be available in the near future.
Welsh Language Scheme Annual Monitoring Report
Each year the Parole Board is required to submit a monitoring report to the Welsh Language Commissioner setting out how we have progressed against our Welsh Language Action Plan.
The report for the year 2020/21 was submitted on 8 July 2021.
The report for the year 2019/20 was submitted on 31 July 2020.
Welsh Language Scheme cover letter 2020
Parole Board Welsh Language Scheme Action Plan Progress Report 2020
The report for the year 2018/19 was submitted on 18 June 2019.
Letter from Martin Jones to Welsh Language Commissioner 2019
Parole Board Welsh Language Scheme Action Plan Progress Report 2019
Information for Parole Board members
Parole Board members have been provided with guidance and advice relating to parole cases where the prisoner’s first or preferred language is Welsh, as well as any other individual or organisation that communicates with the Board in Welsh.
More information and the guidance can be read here
Annexed to the guidance is an information sheet for Welsh speaking prisoners about the options available to them to engage in their parole review in Welsh, where this is their preference. This information sheet is provided as a bilingual document.
Information for Prisoners
In addition to the information sheet mentioned above, the Parole Board has produced the following documents which provide information about parole; both are available in English and Welsh:
Getting ready for a parole review without a lawyer
This Parole Board booklet provides guidance and support for prisoners who opt to represent themselves during the parole process rather than seeking a lawyer, or, for whatever reason are unable to appoint a lawyer.
Information for family and friends of prisoners having a parole review
This Parole Board booklet provides a useful go-to document for anyone wishing to support someone in prison going through parole.
Code of Practice for Victims of Crime in England and Wales
The revised Code of Practice for Victims of Crime in England and Wales came into force on 1 April 2021. Within the Code there are two key new entitlements related to the Welsh Language:
- Victims signed up to the Victim Contact Scheme have the Right to submit a Victim Personal Statement to the Parole Board in Welsh, irrespective of the location of the offender.
- Victims have the Right to ask for a summary of the parole decision to be provided in Welsh.
More information for victims and how to access these new entitlements can be found here.