17th August 2021
A new statutory Parole Board has been established and the Parole Act 2019 has been commenced. The parole process is now on a statutory footing, which IPRT has campaigned on for many years.
IPRT comment featured prominently in the media coverage and debate around the changes.
In our engagement with media, as we have with all stakeholders, we underlined the significance of this change for victims, as well as for parole candidates. While we welcome the clarity the commencement of the Act brings, we expressed concern around the impact that the increase in the number of years before a life-sentenced prisoner becomes eligible for their first parole review could have on delaying the engagement with rehabilitative treatments and services in prison