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What is the Parole Board?

The Parole Board is an independent body that works with its criminal justice partners to protect the public by risk assessing certain prisoners to decide whether they can be safely managed in the community. They can make directions to the Home Secretary on the release of certain types of offender, namely indeterminate (not fixed term) sentenced prisoners, including those who have received a life sentence, and some determinate (fixed term) sentenced prisoners.


The Parole Board can also make recommendations to the Secretary of State about the transfer to open conditions of these prisoners. If you are unsure if the offender in your case will be subject to consideration by the Parole Board, you should discuss this with your Victim Liaison Officer.

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