Frequently Asked Questions
What is parole?
What is the Parole Board?
What category of offender can qualify for parole?
How does an offender apply for parole?
What is a non parole licence?
Is parole a reward for good behaviour in prison?
Do sex offenders get parole?
Will the Board release an offender who denies his/her guilt?
When do I qualify for consideration for early release on parole?
Can I opt out of the parole system?
When do I qualify for consideration for release on life licence?
Who writes the reports for my parole review dossier?
Do I get to see all the reports in my parole review dossier?
What if I don't agree with a report written about me?
What does the Parole Board take into account when considering my case?
The Board takes into account all of the information contained in the reports in the dossier. It will take into account information about your offence from the trial judge's report. You should, therefore, tell the truth about your offence. The Board is interested in your behaviour in prison, your offending history, your family and social background and your plans for release. It should pay particular attention to whether you have taken any steps to address issues or problems which may have contributed to your offending behaviour. The main consideration for the Board will be to assess whether you are likely to be a risk to the community if you are released on licence.
Can my parole date be withdrawn?
What will my licence say?
Can I appeal against the decision of the Parole Board?