Irish Penal Reform Trust

Parole Board Annual Report 2003

30th May 2004

This is the second annual report of the Parole Board and it relates to the Board’s activities during 2003.

The Parole Board was established by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform to review the cases of prisoners with longer term sentences and to provide advice in relation to the administration of those sentences.

The Board’s review process is designed to be open and inclusive. A significant difference between the Board’s process and that of its predecessor, the Sentence Review Group, is the general practice of providing copies of reports and other material to the prisoner whose case is being reviewed. Each year the Board has extended its discretion to recommend cases, as we see in the following report.

The Parole Board

Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.



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