As an organisation we have looked into new ways of electronic working. Previously, all dossiers for Parole cases (which average between 300-500 pages for reviews) were printed at our office in London and couriered out to Parole Board members around the country. This process was expensive, time consuming, and not environmentally friendly.
The E-dossier project was launched last year, with 17 members trialling the new system at first. This has now been rolled out to 176 members (85%), with the target of having 90% of the membership accessing their case information electronically by April 2017. We will be completely paperless for hearings by October 2017. At present 102 members are conducting completely paperless parole reviews across the country (50% of our entire membership).
The members have all been provided with a tablet laptop and access to the secure ‘Web Access Module’ to see their cases and download the dossiers. Project staff have worked closely with prisons to ensure access with the devices went smoothly at the prison gates, and have taken on board feedback from members to make improvements to the new system. The courier and printing cost savings that will come from this project alone mean 250 more prisoners will be able to have hearings each year.
The next steps of the project are to work with the courts and ensure our members who are current serving judges can access Parole Board dossiers through their digital judiciary accounts. We have our second cohort of new members joining our organisation in June 2017 and they will be trained to conduct paperless hearings right from the outset. Once they start to conduct parole reviews we will be a fully operational digital organisation.
A year of hope for IPPs – if Liz can be bold
Prisoners riot and protest for the same reason anyone else does: because they are not being heard. In the past two months riots have swept through five prisons, inmates have sawed their way out of their cells to escape and one prisoner has been stabbed to death. Our prisons are in desperate, heart-breaking crisis and the disturbance at HMP Swaleside last night was yet another act of desperation from prisoners who feel they have no voice. We need to stop pointing fingers and start listening before any more violence takes hold.
Just one week ago the worst riot in a British prison in a decade gripped HMP Birmingham as 600 inmates took control of a wing for 12 hours, resulting in one prisoner being taken to hospital. In response Liz Truss, the Justice Secretary, said those responsible “will face the full force of the law”. This statement gives away Truss’ utter failure to grasp the problem and a lack of insight into the reasons behind the crisis. If we are serious about addressing the problems facing our gaols we must reduce the number of people in them. Increasing custodial sentences for those who commit infractions in prison is only making the problem worse: instead we should be asking why those inmates took the action they did in the first place.
Horton She really is a waste of space. It's very easy to spout cliches about "violence in our prisons will not be tolerated", or saying how important rehabilitation is, but she does absolutely nothing about the causes of the violence or the lack of proper rehabilitation.
prisoners often banged up in their cells for days at a time, and very high levels of violence. Right now a prisoner takes their own life every 3 days, and many more harm themselves, at the highest rate since records began. "IPP" prisoners, trapped inside without a release date, are the most likely to kill and harm themselves.
After 4 years of law abiding living you can apply to have your supervision element lifted, not the whole sentence/licence. But it'll mean no more reporting and you do not have to say where you are living, job undertaking or if you can go abroad. You cannot apply to have your supervision lifted yourself but your Offender Manager can request to management and the region's ACO for your supervision to be lifted via the parole board. I find it scandalous that you have not been told this and you are the only person I know to have been out so long. My co-defendant has been out 5 and a half years and his newly 'qualified' 22 year old OM still won't put him forward for his supervision to be removed.
Killeen I've been out nearly 7 year can i apply to get license?
Smith my partners just had his parole board deferred again, absolutely sick of it all.
Pentney It's been course after course and she's told each time she will get released after she done it. But gets refused and told she has to do more each time!
Zing They have also killed more people than every prisoner in the known history of prisons on UK soil combined in just the last few years
Umm it's to much money but which firm are u using I've changed swan and co they are very good x it's not fair when they do this I know how u feel.. Have u written to r mp to see what they can do to help? Kidney was failed recall back to jail had offices next to him watching him in hospital standing outside his room but now I've told him since day one to report it and fight for what they did to u he was found not guilty at court as the officers beat him he has it on video and pictures. it was reported to the ipcc. I know full fact it kills them inside when they see inmates going home and they still sitting there after years.. Of no hope of coming home it's a form of torture and I think they should put all IPP together in one prison u will see the most relaxed prison ever lol cos they get each other understand each others pain and can relate with each other plus prison system don't know how to rehabilitate no one I think they would be better off out and they can do courses from the outside instead of banging them up for years on end Liz truss needs to sort her mess out big time.
“Many prisoners today under IPP have already served time far beyond the normal tariff. They are left to languish until the parole board decides it is safe to let them out.
I am saying it is time to speed up the process of evaluation to make sure that those who don’t pose any problem to the public be allowed to go home as soon as possible.IPP Prisoner seeking release on the papers?
In our last article, we explained that changes were being made to the Parole Board rules; including the power of the Parole Board to release IPP prisoners into the community without the need for an Oral Hearing. The Parole Board Rules 2016 came into force on 22nd November 2016 and the power to release IPP prisoners on the papers relates to Parole reviews commenced before and after that date.
It is envisaged that this power will be used for more straightforward cases, including technical breaches of licence which have resulted in the recall of IPP prisoners. However, it is important that the Parole Board are reminded of their new power and that representations submitted seeking release on the papers
I was looking at the ipp blog ,My partner is on a ipp licence but just been released, the impact had still taken its toll and has really changed him as a man .There is no real help or support and only feel like we are analysed constantly or criticised . All of us suffer !!I just don't don't where there is a support group for everyone who lives and deals with this in humane sentence . Any information would be greatly a participated. Victoria
Nothing has been acted on with regards to cancelling for those with an IPP sentence. Cancelling ought to be there because there sentence has been exacerbated by the stress and torment of the IPP license conditions the unjust consequence of living with the torture of the human rights violation and being detained unlawfully. The Prevailing conditions being move around the country during the course of their sentences which can make it hard for them to see their children.
Prisoners are, by definition, cut off from the rest of society, and their access to supportive friends and family may be limited. These policies can eliminate prisoners’ ability to communicate with and receive support from loved ones. Phone calls are costly, and prisoners from impoverished backgrounds may have families who can’t afford to cover the costs of collect calls, however infrequent. inmates often don't will not seek support in prison encase it is goes against them. Prisoners are concerned more with gaining respect and avoiding fights in a relentless pursuit of safety.
Support from loved ones can play a critical role in helping people overcome mental challenges which the system are reckless I learning lessons . The isolation can increase a person’s risk of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
while in prison you can ignored basic rules of society , getting out it is hard to adjust often some are incarcerated lather for nonviolent drug crimes that are the result of substance addiction therefore it is important to seek support. I would get a referral from your local GP .
Just a snap shot of reasons why people seek cancelling after .....