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The Parole Commissioners’ Rules (Northern Ireland) 2009

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PART BReports Relating to the Prisoner

  • 1. Any pre-trial and pre-sentence reports examined by the sentencing court and any police report on the circumstances of the offence(s).

  • 2. Any report on the prisoner while he was subject to a transfer direction under Article 53 of the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986(1).

  • 3. Any current reports on the prisoner’s performance and behaviour in prison, where relevant, (reports previously examined by the Commissioners need only be summarised), including any:

    • prison reports;

    • record of offences against discipline;

    • reports on any temporary release;

    • details of, and reports on compliance with, any sentence management plan;

    • reports on the prisoner’s health including mental health;

    • psychology reports;

    • assessment of the likelihood of re-offending and the risk of the prisoner being a danger to the public if released immediately; or

    • assessment of suitability for release on licence and licence conditions.

  • 4. An up-to-date report prepared for the Commissioners by a probation officer, including any reports on the following:

    • details of the prisoner’s home address, family circumstances, and family attitudes towards the prisoner;

    • alternative options if the prisoner cannot return home;

    • the opportunity for employment on release;

    • the local community’s attitude towards the prisoner (if known);

    • the attitudes and concerns of the victim(s) of the offence(s) (if known);

    • the prisoner’s view of the index offence;

    • the prisoner’s response to previous periods of supervision;

    • the prisoner’s behaviour during any temporary release from prison during the current sentence;

    • the prisoner’s attitude to the prospect of release, and requirements and objectives of supervision;

    • an assessment of the likelihood of re-offending and the risk of serious harm;

    • a programme of supervision;

    • a view on suitability for release; and

    • recommendations regarding any special licence conditions.

  • 5. Any interview report prepared at the direction of the Chief Commissioner under rule 3(4).

  • 6. Any other information which the Secretary of State considers relevant to the case and wishes to draw to the attention of the Commissioners.

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S.I. 1986/595 (N.I. 4), as amended by S.I. 1998/1504 (N.I. 9) and prospectively amended by 2002 c.26

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