Parole Authority

Parole Consideration

Members of the Parole Authority are provided with the documents they require to make their decision a week prior to the meeting. The material is read by the members before they meet on a Thursday or Friday in a private meeting. Once in the meeting, all the members will discuss the offenders listed for the meeting and discuss whether release to parole is appropriate, being guided in their decision making by the legislation.

If a decision is made to grant an offender parole, the reasons for doing so must be recorded and appropriate parole conditions are then determined.

In all cases, strict conditions are imposed on the offender and then additional conditions are specifically tailored to address the underlying factors causing their offending behaviour. These may include:

a) Abstinence from alcohol,  
b) Random substance testing (both legal [prescribed] and illegal drugs),
c) Assessment and treatment for alcohol or drug addiction, 
d) Assessment and treatment for psychiatric or psychological issues, 
e) Restricted contact with certain individuals, whether co-offenders or victims,
f) Restrictions on places the parolee is able to visit, 
g) Attendance at personal development programs

The Secretariat prepares the parole order for each offender before t is signed by the Secretary. The order is then sent to the Correctional Centre and Community Corrections. Community Corrections read through the details of the order with the offender, prior to the offender’s release and explains what is required during the period of parole.. 
 
In the event an offender is granted parole in the private meeting, there is no need to “face” or “appear before” the Parole Authority as the decision has been made “on the papers”.
Alternatively, the Authority determine that release to parole is not appropriate and more about this process can be found here.