Reconsidering the process of release: evidence, accountability, and parole decision-making

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Date: 12 November 2018
Venue: Room 4X113, X Block (Bristol Law School), Frenchay Campus
Venue Location: https://www1.uwe.ac.uk/about/visitus/campusmapsandinformation/frenchaycampus/frenchaycampusmaps.aspx
Time: 17:00-18:30


Join us at the Centre for Applied Legal Research for an evening guest lecture with Danielle Bates and Gavin Dingwall from De Montfort University, on the topic "Reconsidering the process of release: evidence, accountability, and parole decision-making".

Abstract

Few decisions to release a prisoner have attracted the degree of public disquiet as that taken to recommend the release of the serial sex offender John Worboys late last year. The High Court decision to quash this recommendation (R (DSD and NBV & Ors) v The Parole Board of England and Wales & Ors & John Radford [2018] EWHC 694 (Admin), [2018] 3 W.L.R. 829) has profound general implications for the process of determining whether to release a prisoner serving an indeterminate sentence. The two most significant will be considered in this paper: the use of evidence in risk-assessment; and whether the parole process can be reconciled with 'open justice'. Questions will include whether a Board should consider unproven allegations when determining risk? What impact should victims have in the parole process? And who has a legitimate interest in knowing the reasons why a prisoner has been released?

How to attend

If you would like attend this event, please register online. This is a free event, but registration in advance is required.

Cost: Free
Contact: Phil Rumney
E-mail: calr@uwe.ac.uk

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