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TAYLOR - Arthur William - 07/07/2015


Parole hearing

Under section 21(1) of the Parole Act 2002


Arthur William TAYLOR

Hearing: 7 July 2015 at [WITHHELD]

Members of the Board: 
       Mr N Trendle – Panel Convenor
       Ms P Rose
       Mr D Bailey 

Counsel: [WITHHELD]


1. Arthur William Taylor has around seven years three months remaining on an effective sentence of 17 years six months for serious violent and drug related offending.  His statutory release date is 12 October 2022.

2. When Mr Taylor last appeared before the Board on 14 August 2014 he was looking forward to participating in the Special Treatment Unit Rehabilitation Programme.  At that point his security classification was high. There were issues around his security classification, but they appear to have been resolved. 

3. Since February of this year Mr Taylor’s security classification so far as we can see has been low/medium.  He is eligible to attend the Special Treatment Unit Rehabilitation Programme.  He was tentatively scheduled for the September intake at [Withheld].  There is an indication that a short period in a medium security unit before STURP was contemplated to prepare Mr Taylor for that programme.

4. Mr Taylor was represented today by [Withheld] who advised the Board that Mr Taylor had very recently been told that the Prison Manager had been directed to remove Mr Taylor from the list for the September programme.  [Withheld] requested the Board adjourn proceedings for one month as Mr Taylor had taken judicial review proceedings with respect to his classification and the result of that was expected shortly.  That decision would provide the Board with background information.

5. Mr Taylor was unaware of the reasons why his name had been withdrawn from the September STURP list.  His PCO referred to the point made earlier that there was an indication that Mr Taylor would spend time in a medium security unit first.  Mr Taylor for his part said it was not necessary.  He told us that his psychologist [WITHHELD] did not support it.  He himself prefers the structure of a higher secure unit.

6. It is common ground that Mr Taylor needs to the STURP and indeed he is highly motivated to participate in it.  The Board supports him in that regard.  There are obviously issues to be resolved between the prison and Mr Taylor as to when that occurs.  That is not a matter for the Board. 

7. Parole today is declined.  We do not see any point in adjourning the hearing for the High Court decision.  We do, however, support his participation in the Special Treatment Unit Rehabilitation Programme.  He will be scheduled to return to the Board in June 2016.


Mr N Trendle
Panel Convenor