Recent amendments to the Parole Act gave the Board discretion to set a future hearing up to two years later.
Changes to legislation included the Board not needing to see every offender every 12 months, and instead being enabled to set the next hearing date for offenders at a date up to two years following the last hearing.
In addition the Board can specify the activities an offender is required to complete.
The Board can now postpone seeing offenders serving sentences over ten years up to a maximum of five years before their next hearing.
These changes are reducing the number of unnecessary hearings, also victims may not need to make annual submissions, and the change has allowed the Board to give offenders longer periods to undertake and complete rehabilitation and reintegration programmes.