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Direct release of Lifer returned from open conditions for a number of Issues

Dean recently successfully argued for the direct release of an IPP prisoner serving for two offences of GBH with intent. He had progressed to open conditions but was returned to closed conditions due to three significant failings:

(1) The repeated breach of requirements relating to his contact with his children, who were at the time classed by social services as in need.

(2) his lack of candidness over your misuse of a mobile phone

(3) his apparent failure to disclose intimate relationships. Dean argued a return to open conditions for further testing was not necessary as risk could be adequately managed in the community. The panel accepted this argument and directed his release. Dean had the following thoughts about the decision “The hearing took an unexpected turn, but we adapted our argument and I am pleased the Board accepted it. It was a sensible outcome because open conditions is not always appropriate and should not be seen as a pre-requisite to release”.

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