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Radicalised Chemistry Teacher who tried to join ISIS is freed from prison

A radicalised chemistry teacher jailed for planning to join so-called Islamic State who was tipped for release from prison next month is already back on the streets. Jamshed Javeed was jailed for six years in March 2015 for planning to travel from his Manchester home to Syria to join IS. Despite being handed an extended sentence, the […]

Family of Helen McCourt lose High Court ‘Stay Order’ case against Parole Board

Helen McCourt The family of Helen McCourt have lost a High Court bid to keep her killer behind bars ahead of a judicial review of the decision to free him. The 22-year-old disappeared in 1988 but, despite extensive searches, her body was never found. Ian Simms, who has always maintained his innocence, was found guilty […]

Parole Board Response To: Events at London Bridge and Streatham

  The Parole Board welcomes the government’s plans to ensure that terrorist offenders are not released automatically\ Given the recent events at London Bridge and Streatham, the Parole Board understands and welcomes the Government’s plans to ensure that terrorist offenders are not released automatically, as occurred in these incidents but are instead considered by an […]

Appointment of new Vice Chair of the Parole Board

The Secretary of State for Justice has appointed His Honour Peter Rook QC as a judicial member of the Parole Board. In addition, the Chair of the Parole Board, Caroline Corby, has designated His Honour Peter Rook QC as the Board’s Vice Chair. The Parole Board is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by the […]

Parole Board – Reconsideration Applications and Decisions

The law changed in 2019 to allow the Secretary of State for Justice, or a serving prisoner, to make an application for the reconsideration of a Parole Board Decision. Our Parole Board Press Release Database gives details and judgments in those cases where applications for decisions to be reconsidered have been made. View the Parole […]

‘Baby P’: Mother loses Parole bid

The mother of Baby P, who died after months of abuse, will remain behind bars after losing an appeal against a Parole Board decision not to release her. Tracey Connelly, 38, was jailed at the Old Bailey in 2009 for causing or allowing the death of her 17-month-old son Peter at their home in Tottenham, […]

What’s next for Helen’s Law after the Parole Board authorise release of Ian Simms?

The Parole Board yesterday cleared for release Ian Simms, the person convicted of Helen McCourt’s murder, without him identifying where her remains can be found. We examine ‘What’s Next’ in this pivotal case, with an update to “Helen’s Law – what happens when juries believe a liar?” You are unauthorized to view this page.

Tories say they will allow victims and media to attend parole hearings

Victims of serious crimes will be given regular updates about an offender’s sentence and release under Conservative plans to be announced today, following the John Worboys parole scandal, and the plans will also allow victims and the media to attend parole hearings. Parole Board hearings on the release of those convicted of sexual and violent offences will […]

Parole Board Oral Hearings – New Policy Issued

This framework applies to Parole Board oral hearings for all prisoners, including those subject to the Generic Parole Process and recall cases. It sets the expected standards for the provision and facilitation of all Parole Board oral hearings, including requirements. The framework confirms the appropriate escalation routes for both establishments and Parole Board members should […]

Oral Parole Hearings

New Parole Board Policy Framework issued today Parole Board oral hearing administration and attendance policy framework The framework sets out the mandatory requirements and guidance for all prison and probation staff involved in the oral hearing administration process and witness attendance at an oral hearing. The framework includes requirements and guidance for: the preparation and […]