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Parole Board - About us

Grenadier House,
99-105 Horseferry Road,
London
SW1P 2DX
DX:155620, Victoria 17

Tel:
0300 047 4600
 

More contacts

What's new

Annual report and accounts press release 

Annual report and accounts 2013/2014
July 2014   

The Parole Board issues latest update on developments within the Fair for the Future – delivering on Osborn work 
28 April 2014

The Board sheet newsletter - March 2014
Parole Board issues newsletter

The Parole Board has published revised guidance on our duties towards victims 
March 2014

Impact of the Osborn, Booth and Reilly Supreme Court Judgment handed down in October, and update on developments.
31 January 2014

Parole Board issues guidance to prisoners who are unable to secure legal representation at their parole reviews.
28 January 2014

The Parole Board revises its guidance in relation to oral hearings following the Supreme Court judgment in the cases of Osborn and others, handed down on 9 October.
19 December 2013

The Board sheet newsletter- September 2013 
Parole Board issues autumn newsletter

End to end review - Streamlining the parole process together programme - 2013/2014
Latest developments

 


What is the Parole Board?

The Parole Board is an independent body that works with its criminal justice partners to protect the public by risk assessing prisoners to decide whether they can be safely released into the community.

What are the aims of the Parole Board?

The Parole Board aims to:

  • Make risk assessments which are rigorous, fair and timely with the primary aim of protecting the public and which contribute to the rehabilitation of prisoners where appropriate.
  • Demonstrate effective and accountable corporate governance by maintaining strong internal control, setting clear objectives and managing corporate risk and to deliver best value by optimum use of resources.
  • Promote the independence of and public confidence in the work of the Board, while effectively managing change.

What are the responsibilities of the Parole Board?

The Parole Board for England and Wales was established in 1968 under the Criminal Justice Act 1967. It became an independent Executive Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) on 1 July 1996 under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. The Parole Board's role is to make risk assessments about prisoners to decide who may safely be released into the community.

The Parole Board has responsibility for considering the following types of cases:

Indeterminate sentences

These include life sentence prisoners (mandatory life, discretionary life and automatic life sentence prisoners and Her Majesty's Pleasure detainees) and prisoners given indeterminate sentences for public protection (IPP). The Parole Board considers whether prisoners are safe to release into the community once they have completed their tariff (the minimum time they must spend in prison) and also whether they are safe to re-release following recall to prison for a breach of their life licence conditions (the rules which they must observe upon release).

Determinate sentences

These include discretionary conditional release (DCR) prisoners serving more than 4 years whose offence was committed before 4 April 2005 and prisoners given extended sentences for public protection (EPP) for offences committed on or after 4 April 2005. The Parole Board considers whether these prisoners are safe to release into the community once they have completed the minimum time they must spend in prison. The Board also considers any determinate sentence prisoner referred by the Secretary of State following recall to prison for a breach of their parole licence conditions (the rules which they must observe upon release) as to whether they are safe to re-release into the community.

What is the budget of the Parole Board?

The Parole Board's budget for 2013-14 was £12.56 million (which included additional funding of £1.2 million provided in March 2013 following the Supreme Court Judgment in the case of Osborn and others). The budget for 2014-15 is £14.2 million. The costs of the Board are largely driven by workload.

Parole Board responses to Government consultations

When we respond to Government consultations, our responses will be published under 'What's new'.

Our responses to the following consultations are available on request from Glenn Gathercole.

  • Transforming Rehabilitation: A revolution in the way we manage offenders - February 2013
  • Punishment and Reform: Effective Probation Services - June 2012
  • Transforming Legal Aid - June 2013

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