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The Parole Board consists of three members:

  • one must be a Legal Practitioner with at least seven years' experience
  • two must have experience in sociology, criminology, penology or medicine
  • the Governor appoints a chairperson from the above members

The Parole Board has the authority to:

  • grant parole
  • defer making a decision on whether a prisoner should be released on a parole order
  • refuse to release a prisoner on a parole order

The Parole Board takes into consideration the following points before making a decision about granting a parole application:

  • the likelihood of re offending
  • the protection of the public
  • the rehabilitation of the prisoner
  • comments made on passing sentence (by the magistrate or judge)
  • the likelihood of the prisoner complying with conditions
  • the circumstances and the gravity of the offences committed
  • the behaviour of the individual while in prison
  • the behaviour of the prisoner during previous parole orders
  • the behaviour of the prisoner during other orders (eg: probation order and community service order)
  • any reports tendered to the Parole Board
  • the probable circumstances of the prisoner after release from prison
  • any other matters the Parole Board thinks relevant