Policy paper

Prisoners (Disclosure of Information about Victims) Bill

This bill ensures that the cruelty of killers who refuse to disclose the location of a victim’s remains must be considered by the Parole Board when assessing release.



The Prisoners (Disclosure of Information about Victims) Bill will ensure that the Parole Board take into account any refusal to identify the remains of a victim by an offender convicted of murder or manslaughter. Named ‘Helen’s Law’ after Helen McCourt – murdered in 1988 – whose killer has never revealed her whereabouts.

The Bill will also ensure that where offenders who are convicted of taking indecent pictures of children refuse to disclose their identity, the Parole Board must take this into account when considering release.

Published 15 October 2019
Last updated 8 January 2020 + show all updates
  1. Documents updated

  2. First published.