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Prisoners: Parole

Volume 691: debated on Friday 20 April 2007

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

In what circumstances relations of victims of violent crime are notified if the person found guilty is released on any type of parole. [HL2919]

Under the provisions of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004, local probation boards in England and Wales have a statutory duty to take all reasonable steps to offer the victims of offenders convicted of a sexual or violent offence (and sentenced to a custodial sentence of 12 months or more) an option to receive certain information.

Where victims have consented to receive certain information, the local probation board must inform a victim whether an offender is to be subject to any licence condition or supervision on release and details of any licence conditions or supervision requirements that relate to contact with the victim. The board must also provide the victim with certain other information, including whether or not an offender’s application for parole has been successful.