Magazine article Public Finance

Information Deficit Hinders Parole Board

Magazine article Public Finance

Information Deficit Hinders Parole Board

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The Parole Board lacks the information it needs to make correct assessments, a National Audit Office study has concluded.

The report - The work of the Parole Board - published on March 5 - warns that the board is not being given enough information to make decisions about the release of prisoners.

Head of the National Audit Office Tim Burr said the board had a central role to play in the effective running of the judicial system and was working hard to improve its performance.

However, Burr warned: 'If the Parole Board is to make decisions about the release of prisoners which are both fair and minimise the risk of harm to the public, it must have access to complete information. Currently that is not always happening.'

Public Accounts Committee chair Edward Leigh said: 'Too often those charged with judging whether to release a prisoner have to do so without full knowledge of the most important facts about the offender. …

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