General Advice on Parole Matters

  • 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.

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