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:
Under law, the Board must take into account the following factors (called release considerations) when assessing a prisoner's application for 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 jail and what duties it involved.
Board members also take note of any communications from victims or the Victim Mediation Unit within the Department of Corrective Services.
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: 1-May-2015
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