John Worboys’ victims hope for reversal of decision to release him – The Guardian

Posted January 15th, 2018 in criminal justice, news, parole, probation, release on licence, victims by sally

‘Victims of the serial sex attacker John Worboys have welcomed a possible reversal of the Parole Board’s decision to release him this month amid growing calls at Westminster for a urgent review of the case.’

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The Guardian, 14th January 2018

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John Worboys victims demand CPS reassess 93 allegations against him – The Guardian

‘Lawyers representing victims of the serial sex attacker John Worboys are demanding prosecutors reassess 93 cases for which he was not previously prosecuted.’

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The Guardian, 11th January 2018

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New lord chancellor prioritises parole transparency review – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 10th, 2018 in Ministry of Justice, news, parole by sally

‘Less than 24 hours after the prime minister handed the justice brief to solicitor David Gauke as part of a cabinet reshuffle, the new lord chancellor says he has begun the process of making parole decisions more transparent.’

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Law Society's Gazette, January 2018

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Worboys case: Release of taxi rapist triggers parole review – BBC News

Posted January 8th, 2018 in disclosure, news, parole, rape, release on licence, sexual offences by sally

‘The way parole is considered is to be reviewed following the decision to release serial sex attacker John Worboys, the prime minister has said.’

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BBC News, 7th January 2018

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John Worboys: Parole board chief ‘very concerned’ over black cab rapist’s early release – The Independent

Posted January 5th, 2018 in news, parole, rape, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘The chairman of the Parole Board has said he is “very concerned” that the victims of serial rapist John Worboys were not told of his imminent release. Amid criticisms of the decision, Professor Nick Hardwick added he recognises there is a “lack of transparency” in the board’s processes and will be launching a public consultation.’

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The Independent, 5th February 2017

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Chair’s speech marks Parole Board’s 50th Anniversary and looks at the future for parole – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 9th, 2017 in parole, speeches by tracey

‘Nick Hardwick, Chair of the Parole Board, gave a speech looking at the “past, present and future of parole” at event marking the organisation’s 50th Anniversary.’

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Ministry of Justice, 8th November 2017

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Thousands of IPP prisoners are trapped in a shameful limbo. They must be freed – The Guardian

Posted September 15th, 2017 in imprisonment, news, parole, sentencing by tracey

‘The plight of James Ward shows the injustice of a bungled scheme. Seven years after its abolition 3,000 remain behind bars with no release date in sight.’

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The Guardian, 15th September 2017

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Man jailed for 10 months finds himself still in prison 11 years later – The Independent

Posted November 21st, 2016 in mental health, news, parole, sentencing by sally

‘The Imprisonment for Public Protection scheme was scrapped in 2012 after it emerged it was being used more widely than intended.’

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The Independent, 19th November 2016

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‘Helen’s Law’ to deny unrepentant killers parole backed by MPs – BBC News

Posted October 12th, 2016 in bills, murder, news, parole, rehabilitation by tracey

‘MPs have voted in favour of a new “Helen’s Law” to deny killers parole if they will not reveal where victims’ remains are.’

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BBC News, 11th October 2016

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Triple child killer David McGreavy could be freed on parole – BC News

Posted June 7th, 2016 in murder, news, parole, sentencing, violent offenders by tracey

‘A man who murdered three young children and impaled their bodies on railings is being considered for release, the Parole Board has confirmed.’

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BBC News, 7th June 2016

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Ken Clarke: ‘absurd’ that defunct prison scheme still keeps people in jail – The Guardian

Posted June 2nd, 2016 in mental health, news, parole, prisons, rehabilitation, sentencing by sally

‘The former justice secretary Ken Clarke has criticised as “absurd” the situation where a defunct scheme for sentencing prisoners to indeterminate sentences means a man given a 10-month term is still in prison almost 10 years later.’

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The Guardian, 30th May 2016

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Ken Clarke: Change rules on ‘public danger’ prisoners – BBC News

Posted May 31st, 2016 in dangerous offenders, news, parole, prisons, probation, rehabilitation, sentencing by tracey

‘Former justice secretary Ken Clarke says parole boards should have more power to free criminals jailed because they were a danger to the public. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme it was “absurd” to keep prisoners in jail beyond their original terms.’

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BBC News, 30th May 2016

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Regina (Hussain) v Parole Board of England and Wales – WLR Daily

Posted April 20th, 2016 in delay, human rights, law reports, parole, transfer of proceedings by sally

Regina (Hussain) v Parole Board of England and Wales [2016] EWHC 288 (Admin)

‘The claimant, an indeterminate sentence prisoner, was referred by the Secretary of State to the Parole Board for consideration of his suitability for transfer to open prison conditions for the remaining three years of his minimum custodial term (in accordance with the relevant National Offender Management Service guidance). The purpose of such a transfer was to enable the claimant to demonstrate during that period, and in those conditions, that he no longer posed a level of risk to the public that warranted further detention and could therefore be considered for release at, or shortly after, the expiry of his fixed tariff in 2017. The Board was obliged under the Parole Board Rules 2011 to consider the claimant’s suitability at an oral hearing within 26 weeks of receiving the referral and, although the case was made ready for listing in September 2014, it was only set down in the following February and subsequently heard in May 2015. The defendant accepted that the listing of oral hearings had been subject to substantial delays at the time due to a lack of resources but contended that the claimant had still been moved to open conditions some two years prior to the expiry of his tariff and therefore he had not lost the opportunity to show his suitability for release at the time of his tariff expiry date. The claimant brought a claim for judicial review, contending that the delay in listing the oral hearing was unlawful under common law and in breach of article 5.4 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, as it had delayed his transfer to open prison conditions and consequently deprived him of the opportunity to demonstrate his suitability for release at, or shortly after, the expiry of his tariff.’

WLR Daily, 24th February 2016

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

An open or shut case? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘R(C) v. Secretary of State for Justice [2016] UKSC 2. When is it right to keep the names of parties to litigation a secret? That was the difficult question the Supreme Court had to grapple with in this judgment, handed down on Wednesday. The decision to allow a double-murderer to remain anonymous led to outraged headlines in the tabloids. Yet the Court reached the unanimous conclusion that this was the right approach. Why?.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th January 2016

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Paroled murderer wins fight to remain anonymous – The Guardian

Posted January 27th, 2016 in anonymity, appeals, mental health, murder, news, parole, Supreme Court by sally

‘A convicted murderer, recently released from a psychiatric hospital, has won his supreme court battle to keep his identity secret.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2016

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M25 road rage killer Kenneth Noye will not be freed from jail – BBC News

Posted September 22nd, 2015 in murder, news, parole, sentencing by sally

‘Road rage killer Kenneth Noye has been told he will not be released from jail on licence, the Parole Board has said.’

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BBC News, 21st September 2015

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Crime would fall if jail population was halved, says penal reform charity – The Independent

Posted September 7th, 2015 in charities, news, parole, prisons, sentencing, statistics, women by sally

‘Billions of pounds would be saved and crime would fall if the prison population were slashed by more than half, a penal reform charity claims.’

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The Independent, 7th September 2015

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Legal aid restrictions delaying prisoners’ rehabilitation, court told – The Guardian

Posted July 8th, 2015 in legal aid, news, parole, prisons, rehabilitation by sally

‘Thousands of prisoners are being prevented from starting rehabilitation because they are denied legal aid for parole board hearings, the court of appeal has been told.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2015

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Regina (Gilbert) v Secretary of State for Justice – WLR Daily

Regina (Gilbert) v Secretary of State for Justice: [2015] EWHC 927 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 202

‘The “absconder policy” in the Consolidated Interim Instructions of 11 August 2014, which precluded categories of prisoner from a transfer to open conditions save in exceptional circumstances, was incompatible with the Secretary of State’s directions to the Parole Board, issued in August 2004, which required phased release via open conditions to test whether a prisoner could be safely released into the community.’

WLR Daily, 1st April 2015

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

‘DNA’ child killer Colin Pitchfork gets parole review – BBC News

Posted April 28th, 2015 in murder, news, parole, sentencing by sally

‘The case of a notorious child killer who became the first man to be convicted under DNA evidence is being considered by the Parole Board.’

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BBC News, 27th April 2015

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