Some victims of crime will have an interest in whether a prisoner is released on parole and the victim-related conditions of their parole.
The Adult Parole Board takes into account the view of victims of crime. It does this in a number of ways:
- The Board may have available to it victim impact statements provided to the court during the sentencing hearing.
- Victims of crime may write to the Board at any time and the Board will take into account the victims views when the Board considers whether to grant parole to the prisoner.
- Some eligible victims of crime choose to be registered on the Victims Register that is managed by the Victims Support Agency. Registered victims of crime;
(a) Are notified if the prisoner applies for parole and asked whether they want to make a written submission to the Board to be taken into account by the Board when it considers whether to grant parole. A submission from a registered victim must be in writing and describe the effect on the victim of the potential release of the prisoner on parole, and may include comments about the conditions on a parole order.
(b) Receive information about the prisoner, including when they will be eligible for parole, whether they have applied for parole, the date they will be released on parole if parole has been granted by the Board (registered victims are usually notified at least 14 days before a prisoner is released on parole), and any victim-related conditions that are on the parole order.
For information about the Victims Register, see Victims Register.