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The process

OFFENDERS DO NOT APPLY FOR PAROLE. - You will be informed in advance the date and time of your hearing.

Preparation

  1. An offender's hearing is scheduled according to his or her parole eligibility date. This is set by the sentencing court.
  2. The Board's administration notifies offenders and Registered Victims of the upcoming hearing, and invites submissions.
  3. The Board requests and receives background information and a parole assessment report from the Department of Corrections.
  4. Offenders can make a written submission prior to the hearing.
  5. Registered Victims can make written and or oral submissions. Oral submissions are heard seperately, without the offender present and always at a seperate location - not at the prison.

    The Hearing
  6. A panel of the Board meets with the offender and any supporters. The panel considers all written information, and any oral submissions.

    The Outcome
  7. The panel makes a decision. You will probably be told the outcome at the hearing, and you will receive a copy of the hearing outcome in writing.  The reasons for the decision are provided in the decision. Every person who was notified of the hearing will be advised of the outcome.
  8. Registered Victims will receive an edited copy of the Board's decision.

 

What information does the Board consider to make its decision?

The panel of the Board deciding the case considers all the material provided which may include:

  1. Details of the offending and the offender's current / previous convictions
  2. Summary of facts, sentencing notes and pre-sentencing reports
  3. A parole assessment report completed by the Department of Corrections
  4. Any restorative justice processess undertaken
  5. If the offender were to be released on parole or released on conditions, how they would be managed
  6. Any specialist reports
  7. Submissions from Registered Victims and Police
  8. Submissions from the offender
  9. Submissions from supporters
  10. Intelligence reports

Who sees this information?

The Board must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the information received is made available to the offender in advance of the hearing.

The Board may in exceptional circumstances, order that any information not be made available to an offender, if in the opinion of the Board, it would prejudice the mental or physical health of the offender, or endanger the safety of anyone.

 

Decisions

Immediately following the discussion with the offender, supports and Corrections staff the Board will deliberate alone to consider its decision. Usually the Board will then invite the offender and others back to deliver its decision. If the decision is to release the offender, the offender will be told of the release date and conditions that must be adhered to.  In some cases the Hearing outcome will be reserved by the Board and released later.

Written Hearing outcomes will be provided when they have been completed.

If parole is declined the offender and registered victims will be advised of the approximate date for the next hearing.

The most important consideration for the Board is community safety. By law, the Board must decide that offenders do not pose an 'undue risk' to the safety of the community before parole can be granted, or a recall of an offender will occur.

In assessing undue risk the Board must consider both the likelihood of further offending and the nature and seriousness of any assessed subsequent offending.

Having decided that the offender does not pose an undue risk, the Board must release the inmate on parole.

At the end of the offender's sentence the Board's only role is to impose release conditions which apply six months beyond the sentence end date. When an offender has reached their statutory release date, they, by law, must be released, and are not subject to recall by the Board.