Research and analysis

The decision-making process at parole reviews (IPP sentences)

Research summary giving high-level findings from Ministry of Justice and Parole Board research on parole review decision-making.

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The decision-making process at parole reviews (IPP sentences)

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Research summary giving high-level findings from Ministry of Justice and Parole Board research on the decision-making process at parole reviews of indeterminate sentences of Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP).

It involved analysing data collected from parole review dossiers and interviews with Parole Board members. Key findings demonstrated that:

  • parole decisions correlate strongly with offender manager recommendations to the panel
  • sentence progression is an important factor in release decisions
  • prisoners released had often spent time in open conditions
  • the importance of good quality risk management plans; and
  • Parole Board members were frustrated that more resources were needed in certain areas.
Published 7 February 2012