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