Contact us well in advance of a parole hearing with details of which prison and which unit the prisoner is housed in. Let us know if the prisoner has drug, alcohol, health, language, literacy, a disability or any other issues.
Parole is more likely to be granted if the prisoner has a comprehensive release/reintegration/relapse prevention plan.
Parole is more difficult to obtain if the prisoner has not addressed his or her offending while in prison.
The Parole Board has an increasing number of boxes to be ticked before they will consider early release on parole so a strategic, well planned approach, is vital.
Even if parole is not likely to be granted at the hearing it is an opportunity to make progress toward favourable consideration at the next hearing.
Under certain circumstances it is possible to make an application for an early hearing rather than waiting for the statutory date.
Parole Board hearings are formal and can be an intimidating experience despite the efforts of the panel to make the applicant feel welcome. Having a lawyer alongside makes it easier and can improve the outcome.