Parole hearings ‘beset by delays’ – BBC News

Posted March 5th, 2008 in news, parole by sally

“Serious shortcomings in the way inmates are assessed for parole have been revealed by the National Audit Office.”

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BBC News, 5th March 2008

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Prisoner release system ‘puts public at risk’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 5th, 2008 in dangerous offenders, news, parole, prisons by sally

“The public could be at risk because of the haphazard way potentially dangerous prisoners are being assessed for release, spending watchdogs have found.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th March 2008

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R (Walker) v Secretary of State for Justice – WLR Daily

Posted February 6th, 2008 in law reports, parole, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

R (Walker) v Secretary of State for Justice; R (James) v Same [2008] EWCA Civ 30; [2008] WLR (D) 28

“The Secretary of State for Justice acted unlawfully in failing to provide courses which would allow prisoners serving indeterminate sentences for public protection to demonstrate to the Parole Board by the expiry of their minimum terms that it was no longer necessary for the protection of the public for them to be confined.”

WLR Daily, 5th February 2008

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R (Brooke and another) v Parole Board and another – WLR Daily

Posted February 6th, 2008 in human rights, law reports, parole by sally

R (Brooke and another) v Parole Board and another; R (O’Connell) v Parole Board and another; R (Murphy) v Parole Board and another [2008] EWCA Civ 29; [2008] WLR (D) 26

“The Parole Board did not have the independence from the executive that was required for its judicial role in determining whether convicted prisoners should be released on licence.”

WLR Daily, 5th February 2008

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Regina (Walker (David)) v Secretary of State for Justice – Times Law Reports

Posted February 6th, 2008 in law reports, parole, sentencing by sally

Regina (Walker (David)) v Secretary of State for Justice; Regina (James (Brett)) v Same

Court of Appeal

“The Secretary of State for Justice acted unlawfully in failing to let prisoners serving indeterminate sentences for public protection show the Parole Board by the expiry of their minimum terms that it was no longer necessary to confine them.”

The Times, 6th February 2008

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Regina (Brooke and Another) v Parole Board and Another – Times Law Reports

Posted February 5th, 2008 in human rights, law reports, parole by sally

Regina (Brooke and Another) v Parole Board and Another; Regina (O’Connell) v Same Regina (Murphy) v Same

“The Parole Board’s relationship with the executive was such that it did not have the independence required when determining whether convicted prisoners should remain in prison or be released on licence.”

The Times, 5th February 2008

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Court rulings to force parole and prison changes – The Guardian

Posted February 4th, 2008 in news, parole, prisons by sally

“The justice minister, Jack Straw, suffered two embarrassing defeats in the court of appeal yesterday, which will force him to pour millions of pounds into the prison and parole system.”

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The Guardian, 2nd February 2008

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Plan to check criminals in tatters after cost of IT programme doubles – The Times

Posted January 9th, 2008 in electronic monitoring, news, parole by sally

“A government plan to monitor offenders more closely was in tatters last night after ministers scaled back an IT programme because costs had almost doubled to £512 million.”

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The Times, 9th January 2008

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R (O’Connell) v Parole Board and another – WLR Daily

Posted November 15th, 2007 in human rights, law reports, oral hearings, parole by sally

R (O’Connell) v Parole Board and another [2007] EWHC 2591 (Admin)

“A decision by the Parole Board as to whether to direct the release on licence of a prisoner serving an extended sentence under s 227 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 who had not yet finished the custodial part of the imposed term, engaged the right not to be arbitrarily detained under art 5(4) of the European Convention on Human Rights. However, art 5(4) did not require an oral hearing in every case where the question was the assessment of risk to the public, and whether or not an oral hearing was necessary would depend upon the facts.”

WLR Daily, 13th November 2007

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Regina (Brooke and Another) v Parole Board and Others Regina (O’Connell) v Same Regina (Murphy) v Same – Times Law Report

Posted October 18th, 2007 in human rights, judicial review, law reports, parole, sentencing by sally

Relationship too close for independence of board

Regina (Brooke and Another) v Parole Board and Others Regina (O’Connell) v Same Regina (Murphy) v Same

Queen’s Bench Divisional Court

“The Parole Board’s relationship with central government was such that it did not have sufficient independence to carry out its role of reviewing the continued detention of prisoners lawfully, as required by common law and article 5.4 of the European Convention on Human Rights.”

The Times, 18th October 2007

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Parole hearings “deny prisoners’ human rights” – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 10th, 2007 in human rights, news, parole by sally

“The troubled parole system suffered another blow yesterday when the High Court ruled that hearings in which prisoners are assessed for release are not sufficiently independent of Government.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th September 2007

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Regina (Gulliver) v. Parole Board – Times Law Reports

Posted August 20th, 2007 in law reports, parole by sally

Parole Board responsibility

Regina (Gulliver) v. Parole Board

Court of Appeal

“When a prisoner who had been released on licence was recalled to prison, in deciding whether or not to order his release, the Parole Board was entitled to take into account all the circumstances, and was not confined to a review of the breach of the licence condition for which the Secretary of State for Justice had ordered his recall.”

The Times, 20th August 2007

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Prisons lacking parole facilities ruled unlawful – The Independent

Posted August 1st, 2007 in news, parole, prisons, sentencing by sally

“The Government’s problems in handling the crisis in the prison system were compounded today when the High Court ruled that the detention of prisoners with no facilities to assess their suitability for release was ‘arbitrary, unreasonable and unlawful’.”

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The Independent, 31st July 2007

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Prisoners to claim millions for parole delay – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 30th, 2007 in compensation, delay, human rights, news, parole, prisons by sally

“Millions of pounds are set to be paid out by the Government to prisoners kept in jail beyond their release dates.”

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Daily Telegraph, 29th July 2007

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Murderer wins review over use of secret parole evidence – The Independent

Posted July 2nd, 2007 in murder, news, parole by sally

“A 71-year-old man jailed 40 years ago for murdering three police officers in Shepherds Bush, west London, was given permission yesterday to seek a judicial review. The 30-year sentence passed on Harry Roberts expired nine years ago.”

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The Independent, 30th June 2007

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Regina (Cooper) v. Parole Board – Times Law Reports

Posted June 6th, 2007 in judicial review, law reports, parole by sally

Parole board 55-day target unlawful

Regina (Cooper) v. Parole Board

Queen’s Bench Division

“Parole Board’s target of 55 days from request for the setting of hearing dates to considering the propriety of a person’s recall to prison, being driven by resources, was unlawful.”

The Times, 6th June 2007

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