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Prisoners Review Board of Western Australia

How the Board Decides

By law, the Board must take into account a range of issues when considering whether or not to release a prisoner on parole. Release considerations which guide the Board's decisions are found in Sections 5A and 5B of the Sentence Administration Act 2003.

Each parole case is thoroughly discussed by members of the Board in a meeting. The chair of that meeting ensures that all the information is considered and that the final decision is supported by evidence from the reports and the parole plan.

While most decisions are agreed by all Board members; a decision is passed if it is supported by a majority of members in a meeting

When the Board makes a decision to deny parole, it sets out the reasons for the decision in a letter sent to the prisoner. In most cases the letter is emailed to the prison on the same day the decision is made, as well as sent via post. It is then up to the prison to provide this decision and letter to the prisoner.

If parole is granted, the prisoner receives a parole order setting out the date of release, the reasons for release and the specific conditions the prisoner has to meet whilst on parole in the community. The prisoner is placed under the supervision of a Community Corrections Officer. The prisoner must abide by certain conditions so they can stay in the community. Any condition imposed by the Board aims to protect the safety of the community. If a prisoner breaches any of these conditions, they could be sent back to prison.

People on parole are supported in their return to the community by participating in counselling or other services which can assist them establish a pro-social lifestyle. If these supports are no longer available, or they relapse into drug use, it is considered that there is a higher chance of them re-offending.

People on parole also need to meet regularly with their Community Corrections Officer, who will make sure that they are doing the right thing and motivate and encourage them to continue to become positive members of the community.

If parole is refused, the prisoner can ask in writing for a review of that decision, however there is specific criteria for a review to be granted. For more information regarding reviews, please see the ‘when parole is denied’ page.

Last updated: 3-Sep-2021

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