8th May 2018
A report examining the sentence management of life-sentenced prisoners has been produced by a committee of representatives from the IPS, the Probation Service and the Policy Division of the Department of Justice and Equality.
In carrying out its analysis, the Committee met with people serving life sentences in both open and closed prisons, prison Governors, staff and prison-based services. External in-reach services and stakeholders were also consulted.
Recommendations to improve sentence management include:
Recommendations in relation to the Parole Board focus on efficiencies and clarity and include:
The report also recommends that a group be established to oversee implementation of the Committee’s findings.
Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.