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Prisoners Review Board of Western Australia

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In brief, the Board considers prisoners for release from custody, sets or varies conditions of release and considers applications for the suspension and/or cancellation of orders.

It considers re-entry release orders and makes recommendations about re-socialisation programs for various categories of prisoners.

The Board also sets policies/guidelines for the discharge of its functions, maintains records and provides information about its policies and operations.

The functions of the Board are set out in the Sentence Administration Act 2003 (WA).

The Board makes decisions on:

  • Initial applications for parole from eligible prisoners
  • Suspending parole
  • Cancelling parole
  • Re-applications for parole.

Consideration of applications for parole

Under law, the Board must take into account the following factors (called release considerations) when assessing a prisoner's application for parole:

  • The Safety of the Community as the paramount consideration.
  • The chances of a prisoner re-offending if they are released on parole and the level of risk this would pose to the community or any individual in the community.
  • The circumstances and the seriousness of the prisoner’s crime and their criminal history.
  • Any remarks made by the court at the time of sentencing which relate to the offence and the prisoner’s risk to the safety of the community.
  • Concerns the victim may have and how it would affect them if parole was approved.
  • The prisoner’s behaviour while in custody, showing how they might act on parole, and/or previous behaviour during any community-based order.
  • The prisoner’s participation in rehabilitation programs available in custody and, if not, the reasons.
  • The prisoner’s performance in any programs while in custody.
  • The likelihood of a prisoner committing an offence if released on parole.
  • The likelihood of a prisoner complying with all their parole conditions.
  • Any other considerations that may be relevant to a release on parole.

As part of considering releasing to parole the Board will consider the Parole Plan including who will live at the proposed accommodation and what relationship they have to the prisoner and what their likely influence on the prisoner will be.

Therefore in preparing a report the Board, the Community Corrections Officer will require a contact number to confirm that the people listed are willing to allow the prisoner to live there. The Community Corrections Officer may also conduct a visit to the address to confirm the information provided by the prisoner and to conduct an assessment of the residence and residential environment.

In evaluating a parole submission, the Board will look at specific details. For instance they would like to know exactly what work a prisoner has done in prison and what duties it involved.

Board members also take note of any communications from victims or the Victim-Offender Mediation Unit within the Corrective Services Division, Department of Justice.

The Board also considers the matters of prisoners sentenced to life and indefinite terms of imprisonment. In these cases, the Board makes recommendations to the Attorney General on the management of these prisoners. The Attorney General makes a decision which is then presented to the Governor.

Last updated: 10-Feb-2020

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