Dean recently represented our client, an IPP prisoner serving a tariff of 2 years. He had previous convictions for 120 offences including a large number of violence. He had led a life of crime whereby prison had become a revolving door for him. Whilst in prison he completed a number of offending behaviour programmes and had clearly made progress. Shortly before the hearing he had some prison behaviour problems, which caused the Parole Board some concern.
Dean argued for direct release and had support from some witnesses. He argued that open conditions would not be beneficial or necessary in this case and as such release would provide a more realistic test.
Dean was pleased with this decision, “I am pleased the Parole panel were able to recognise that risk had reduced and that in the circumstances of this case open conditions would not be beneficial or necessary. It was a good decision in light of the support he has from his partner and young children particularly given that the evidence shows that families provide the best chance of positive resettlement. Hopefully this approach becomes more common with the Parole Board as often they recommend IPP prisoners for open conditions when it is not necessary”.