30th November 2020
The Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD, has published the Parole Board Annual Report 2019.
The Parole Board's principal function is to advise the Minister for Justice in relation to the administration of long-term prison sentences. This may depend on the prisoner’s progress to date, their degree of engagement with therapeutic services, conduct in prison, the nature of the offence, etc. The final decision regarding the recommendations of the Parole Board lies with the Minister, who can accept them in their entirety, in part, or reject them.
Key figures for 2019:
Publishing the report, Minister McEntee reemphasised her commitment to establishing the new Parole Board, under the Parole Act 2019.
Key changes under the Act:
In his Foreword, the Chairman of the Parole Board outlined key challenges for the Parole Board when the Parole Act 2019 comes into operation (as presented to the Minister in June 2020):
Read the Parole Board Annual Report 2019 here.
You can read more about parole in Ireland the Parole Act 2019 here.
Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.