We argued to the panel that maintaining innocence was no barrier to release and that in actual fact it did not and does not serve to increase risk. We additionally argued that having completed a significant amount of offending behaviour work and been thoroughly tested he could be safely released.
The panel agreed and has now directed his release.
Dean had the following thoughts “This was a very pleasing decision given the length of time the client had been in prison and the fact that maintaining innocence does not actually increase risk. For years those assessing risk have adopted the view that if you maintain your innocence this increases risk and we often see “denial” being used. This case was different as the Board recognised the key issues and were persuaded that the level of risk posed to the public by the client could be safely managed in the community. A very good decision for a client who does not need to be in prison.”