Sweeping changes to the parole system to improve transparency, offer better support for victims and new powers to reconsider decisions have been announced by the Justice Secretary David Gauke today, following a review of the Parole Board’s rules.
For the first time, victims will be able to challenge a release decision if they believe it was fundamentally flawed. They will be able to make a case for the decision to be reconsidered without needing to resort to expensive and legally complex judicial review.
The review also sets out how victim contact services are being extended to more people, including victims in cases where a serious charge lies on file but has not resulted in a conviction - as was the case for many of Worboys’ victims.
Alongside today’s publication, the Justice Secretary has also confirmed that he has launched a Tailored Review of the Parole Board which will consider what further changes over the longer term would benefit the parole process.